After falling to second place in February, the Northeast saw a 6% increase in job availability, and emerged as the best U.S. region to find a job. In contrast, after enjoying six straight months of gains (and finishing in first place for March) hiring in the Southwest fell by nearly 3%, causing the region to finish almost five points behind the Northeast, with an Index Score of 94.9. And while the region has actually enjoyed an impressive, 10.9-point improvement since the beginning of the year, the West still lags significantly behind the rest of the country.
READING THE INDEX: The CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index measures all Index scores against a base year of 2007, where the number of job listings available online during each month of 2007 = 100 points. This means that a score that is < 100 indicates the number of job listings for a given month is less than during the same month in 2007, while a value > 100 means that more jobs are available than were during the same month in 2007.
- Table of Job Posting Index Scores by Region, Jan 2008 - April 2010:
After suffering steep losses in March, hiring in the Midwest rebounded last month, gaining 5 points. Conversely, after leading all U.S. regions, job availability in the Southwest dropped by nearly 3 points, and the region fell to 2nd place, behind the Northeast.
- Chart of Job Posting Index scores by Region, Jan 2008 - April 2010: