March 2012: Hiring Continues to ImproveMarch 2012: Hiring Continues to Improve
Employment Activity Jumps Almost 10-points
- CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index March 2012
- March Hiring Overall
- March Hiring by Job Title
- March Hiring by City
- March Hiring by Region
As the nation welcomes spring and warmer weather, job seekers are welcoming the uptick in hiring numbers in March. According to the CareerCast.com/JobSerf, the U.S. hiring activity jumped 9.9 points during March to a total score of 116.9 and its highest peak since the Index launched in 2008. This is the second month of a hiring surge and encouraging news for the long-term recovery in the job market.
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 116.9 for March 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 is higher at 116.9 than it was March of 2007.
- USA Hiring Index Table, Jan 2008 - Mar 2012:
|Index Month||Index Score||Monthly Change|
Employment activity since the beginning of the year has surged almost 22-points, a positive sign for the economy. Hiring levels are also 7.4 points above March 2011 levels, 26.5 points above 2010 and 72.8 points above 2009 levels.
Continue to the March 2012 Regional Hiring Report
March 2012: Employment Activity by U.S. RegionMarch 2012: Employment Activity by U.S. Region CareerCast.com Mon, 03/26/2012 - 13:48
March 2012: Employment Activity by Job TitleMarch 2012: Employment Activity by Job Title CareerCast.com Mon, 03/26/2012 - 13:52
March 2012: The 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for Finding a JobMarch 2012: The 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for Finding a Job
The start of spring has heated up some job markets more quickly than others. Memphis (+14%), St. Louis (+13%) and Tampa (+12%) were the hiring activity winners for March with Los Angeles, Miami , San Diego , and Nashville all posting gains of +10% as well. Only three cities saw a loss in managerial hiring in March, Detroit (-7%), Milwaukee (-5%) and Cleveland (-3%), and all of them had had double-digit gains in February.
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 March: