January 2012: Hiring Levels Remain Flat

January 2012: Hiring Levels Remain Flat
CareerCast.com Mon, 01/30/2012 - 16:01
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CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index

Employment Activity Drops Less Than a Point

As a new year kicks into high gear, hiring across the U.S. remained flat, according to the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment activity ended at 95.0 in January, a -0.1 drop from December. Although January’s hiring numbers are down -8.7 points from January 2011, employment activity has grown by double-digits from 2009 and 2010.

 

“There has not been a significant improvement in hiring yet in 2012,” says Jay Martin, COO, JobSerf. “And managerial recruitment activity remained close to 2007 levels for much of last year.”

How do we determine these 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 95.0 for January 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. The CareerCast.com / JobSerf Index remains lower at 95.0 than it was in January of 2007.

                                  

Index Month Index Score Monthly Change
January 2012 95.0 -0.1
December 2011 95.1 -8.4
November 2011 103.5 -0.9
October 2011 104.4 +1.9
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

 

Though the employment activity remained steady this past month, January’s hiring numbers are down -8.7 points from January 2011. Overall though, the hiring activity has grown by 24.2 points ahead of January 2010 and 33.3 points ahead of January 2009.

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

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CareerCast.com Mon, 01/30/2012 - 16:54
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The start of a new year was a turning point for hiring in many cities, some good and others not so good. San Diego (+14%) and Riverside (+11%) showed significant hiring gains in January, while Memphis (-27%), Cincinnati (-15%), Nashville (-13%), Louisville (-12%), Cleveland (-11%) and Pittsburgh (-10%) all reported double-digit losses.

Throughout 2011, the cities with the most per capita hiring included: Nashville (+19 points), Memphis (+13 points) and Houston (+10). The biggest losers in 2011 were San Diego (-11), Washington, DC (-8), New York City (-7) and Milwaukee (-7).

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 January:

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