June 2012: Employment Activity Rebounds

June 2012: Employment Activity Rebounds
CareerCast.com Mon, 06/25/2012 - 14:44
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CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index

After losing ground for the past two months, managerial hiring activity across the U.S. improved by 6.2 points in June, according to the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index. While this is below its  peak of 116.9 reached in March of this year, the Index’s overall score of 103.7 represents a 9% improvement since the beginning of 2012 – a step in the right direction for the weak U.S. job market.

Last month also saw a year-over-year increase in managerial hiring, posting a 3.4-point improvement compared to June 2011. This is just the second time in 2012 that managerial hiring activity has been better than last year.

How do we determine these employment activity numbers?

The CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index calculates the number of available managerial job openings each month by surveying wide range of local and national job boards across the U.S, with all results hand-counted and checked for duplication by a team of researchers. What does an overall Index score of 103.7 for June 2012 mean? The Index measures employment activity against a base score of 100, which represents the volume of job openings during the same period in 2007. A score higher than 100 means that there are more available jobs than in 2007, while one below 100 means that job seekers now have fewer opportunities available.

Index Month Index Score Monthly Change
June 2012 103.7 +6.2
May 2012 97.5 -3.8
April 2012 101.3 -15.3
March 2012 116.9 +9.9
February 2012 107.0 +12.0
January 2012 95.0 -0.1
December 2011 95.1 -8.4
November 2011 103.5 -0.9
October 2011 104.4 +1.8
September 2011 102.6 -5.0
August 2011 107.6 +9.4
July 2011 98.2 -2.1
June 2011 100.3 -0.2
May 2011 100.5 -10.1
April 2011 110.6 +1.1
March 2011 109.5 +5.2
February 2011 104.3 +0.6
January 2011 103.7 +3.8
December 2010 99.9 -6.0
November 2010 105.9 +6.4
October 2010 99.5 -0.1
September 2010 99.6 -2.7
August 2010 102.3 -4.6
July 2010 106.9 +14.3
June 2010 92.6 +3.6
May 2010 89.0 -3.3
April 2010 92.3 +1.9
March 2010 90.4 +7.1
February 2010 83.3 +12.5
January 2010 70.8 -3.1
December 2009 73.9 +0.2
November 2009 73.7 +5.9
October 2009 67.8 -0.6
September 2009 68.4 -11.4
August 2009 79.8 +1.6
July 2009 78.2 +17.8
June 2009 60.4 +3.8
May 2009 56.6 +15.2
April 2009 41.4 -2.7
March 2009 44.1 -5.4
February 2009 49.5 -12.2
January 2009 61.7 -4.5
December 2008 66.2 -10.9
November 2008 77.1 +3.7
October 2008 73.4 -14.3
September 2008 87.7 -18.0
August 2008 105.7 +5.4
July 2008 100.3 -2.3
June 2008 102.6 +6.8
May 2008 95.8 +1.6
April 2008 94.2 -15.1
March 2008 109.3 +0.3
February 2008 109.0 +8.7
January 2008 100.3 +/-0

While June’s Employment Index score of 103.9 is only slightly higher than it was in 2007, this represents the fourth time this year that managerial hiring activity has been above pre-recession levels – a welcome sign in a sluggish economy. That said, breaking down hiring activity by region reveals that some areas of the U.S. still lag behind the rest.

Continue to the June 2012 Regional Hiring Report

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June 2012: Employment Activity by U.S. Region

June 2012: Employment Activity by U.S. Region

Mirroring the national trend, employment activity improved across all U.S. regions in June. The Southeast fared the best, gaining 14.1 points for the month, while the West posted the weakest performance with just a 5.1-point increase. The West continues to struggle compared to the rest of the country, and is the only U.S. region that still hasn’t returned to pre-recession hiring levels. That said, the only region to post a year-over-year decline in hiring activity was the Northeast, which saw managerial hiring drop by 3.4 points compared to June of 2011.

  • Regional Hiring Index, Jan 2008 - June 2012:
Index Month Northeast Southeast Midwest Southwest West
June 2012 100.2 95.8 101.7 112.5 82.3
May 2012 88.8 81.7 96.1 106.1 77.2
April 2012 97.8 96.0 99.4 109.0 80.7
March 2012 111.9 110.7 107.5 117.4 87.7
February 2012 109.8 96.4 114.0 109.6 80.9
January 2012 95.5 82.3 93.0 100.2 74.8
December 2011 95.8 88.0 92.5 95.8 73.7
November 2011 105.3 99.6 96.6 105.6 84.5
October 2011 105.7 95.2 98.6 103.3 80.7
September 2011 98.2 96.7 107.4 105.5 85.0
August 2011 108.3 100.6 112.0 109.5 86.9
July 2011 104.2 94.4 101.5 109.0 84.5
June 2011 103.6 95.2 99.3 102.1 81.3
May 2011 105.1 98.7 101.5 111.6 85.6
April 2011 120.3 106.4 120.7 122.1 93.1
March 2011 123.1 109.0 113.2 105.5 87.9
February 2011 118.1 95.5 124.9 106.1 85.3
January 2011 114.3 90.7 112.1 117.3 87.4
December 2010 106.7 97.0 104.6 100.2 82.2
November 2010 100.4 100.1 103.6 112.6 91.6
October 2010 108.8 89.6 98.2 102.4 80.6
September 2010 102.0 91.8 102.0 103.9 84.8
August 2010 108.8 95.6 106.4 105.2 84.3
July 2010 111.7 100.6 101.9 103.5 88.6
June 2010 108.9 100.1 97.0 100.4 79.7
May 2010 98.6 89.2 89.4 102.9 77.5
April 2010 99.7 87.3 91.3 94.9 74.5
March 2010 94.1 85.6 86.3 97.5 71.3
February 2010 94.3 79.4 95.8 88.6 70.9
January 2010 85.0 66.4 76.8 84.8 63.6
December 2009 84.8 76.0 75.1 79.3 67.6
November 2009 84.5 74.7 68.2 77.7 69.5
October 2009 78.0 66.6 62.1 73.7 63.8
September 2009 75.6 69.1 65.1 75.4 64.5
August 2009 92.0 83.3 80.4 86.3 73.7
July 2009 87.5 80.3 72.4 88.1 75.0
June 2009 68.6 64.4 60.9 69.4 55.9
May 2009 67.0 61.8 53.1 66.9 51.7
April 2009 46.0 42.5 40.4 47.5 40.1
March 2009 48.1 45.8 39.0 51.6 45.2
February 2009 51.7 50.4 46.6 54.4 50.5
January 2009 66.0 58.5 56.6 70.8 62.6
December 2008 69.7 69.9 59.8 71.8 66.3
November 2008 81.1 76.8 72.7 81.6 78.3
October 2008 75.1 71.5 71.1 79.0 75.2
September 2008 87.0 82.9 86.8 97.8 93.3
August 2008 109.0 102.5 105.8 115.2 109.4
July 2008 106.6 96.4 107.7 111.1 96.3
June 2008 108.0 101.2 100.4 111.7 103.0
May 2008 100.0 97.2 92.2 103.8 97.0
April 2008 98.3 92.3 96.7 99.6 95.5
March 2008 115.2 113.1 108.3 119.3 107.7
February 2008 114.5 105.0 133.6 117.3 105.3
January 2008 101.2 94.6 103.3 113.5 100.3

Continue to the June 2012 Job Title Report

CareerCast.com Mon, 06/25/2012 - 15:03

June 2012: Employment Activity by Job Title

June 2012: Employment Activity by Job Title

As with national and regional employment activity, hiring improved across all managerial job titles in June. Manager level hiring fared the best, posting the both largest gain for the month (7 points) and the highest overall Index Score (115 points). Demand for C-Level candidates continues to be low across the country, as job title only managed a 3-point increase in hiring activity for the month, to an overall score of 57.

  • Hiring by Job Title, Jan 2008 - June 2012:
Index Month C-Level VP Level Director Level Manager Level
June 2012 57 104 97 115
May 2012 54 100 91 108
April 2012 65 103 96 109
March 2012 60 119 104 133
February 2012 66 109 98 118
January 2012 65 86 92 104
December 2011 52 107 83 106
November 2011 71 97 95 108
October 2011 60 128 96 110
September 2011 66 104 94 113
August 2011 78 93 96 123
July 2011 66 85 91 111
June 2011 70 87 92 113
May 2011 62 93 87 116
April 2011 89 104 105 119
March 2011 104 113 95 118
February 2011 106 104 97 109
January 2011 111 79 105 108
December 2010 71 97 95 108
November 2010 72 113 104 110
October 2010 76 114 98 100
September 2010 81 114 99 99
August 2010 86 115 101 103
July 2010 104 105 105 109
June 2010 77 86 90 98
May 2010 75 88 84 94
April 2010 76 88 91 97
March 2010 68 89 87 96
February 2010 70 77 80 89
January 2010 60 48 83 71
December 2009 57 68 80 74
November 2009 57 68 81 73
October 2009 62 65 77 64
September 2009 63 63 76 66
August 2009 90 75 88 75
July 2009 81 66 85 77
June 2009 74 52 66 57
May 2009 65 50 63 53
April 2009 31 31 48 42
March 2009 22 33 50 47
February 2009 28 37 56 52
January 2009 38 38 75 63
December 2008 35 48 74 71
November 2008 47 56 86 82
October 2008 58 74 81 71
September 2008 82 81 91 88
August 2008 81 100 107 110
July 2008 78 82 111 102
June 2008 110 87 109 101
May 2008 123 83 102 91
April 2008 105 87 98 92
March 2008 102 108 111 110
February 2008 117 122 110 104
January 2008 111 84 107 99
CareerCast.com Mon, 06/25/2012 - 15:08

June 2012: The 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for Finding a Job

June 2012: The 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for Finding a Job
jefferson memorial
CareerCast.com Mon, 06/25/2012 - 15:12
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Of the 30 metro areas measured by the CareerCast.com/JobSerf employment index, those in the Northeast saw the most managerial hiring activity in June. Boston (+16%), Philadelphia (+11%), New York (+10%) and Pittsburgh (+10%) all saw double-digit gains in per-capita hiring, and all finished within the top 15 cities for job seekers. This mirrors the Northeast region as a whole, which saw a 13% gain in employment activity for the month.

“All cities showed minor increases in activity due to a weak employment market in May,” says Jay Martin, COO, JobSerf. “We are encouraged by this glimmer of good news.”

To determine the cities with the 10 best and worst job markets each month, the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Index surveys 30 different major metro areas across the U.S. for per capita job availability. Rather than simply reporting the cities with the most and least jobs, the Index measures the number of job openings relative to population. This gives a more complete picture of how easy (or difficult) it is to get a new job in each metro area.

Want to know where the jobs are? These metro areas made up the 10 best cities to find a job in June 2012:

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June 2012: The 10 Worst Cities to Find a Job

June 2012: The 10 Worst Cities to Find a Job

National hiring activity for managerial positions may have improved last month, but unfortunately not all areas of the U.S. benefitted. Outside of the Northeast, only Memphis (+12%) managed to post a double-digit gain in per capita hiring, but the home of Graceland still finished as just the 29th best city to find a job in June.

If you’re planning a relocation to a better job market, take note – you might want to avoid the following metro areas, which make up the 10 worst cities to find a job in June, 2012:

CareerCast.com Mon, 06/25/2012 - 15:43