April 2012: Hiring Activity Falls Sharply

April 2012: Hiring Activity Falls Sharply
CareerCast.com Wed, 04/25/2012 - 12:21
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CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index

Employment Activity Drops 15-points

 

     After two months of positive employment gains, hiring across the U.S. fell hard in April, according to the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index. Employment activity plunged 15.6-points last month to end at 101.3. The overall index didn’t fare well year-over-year either, with a 9-point drop from April 2011. Fortunately, employment activity has still come a long way since April 2009.

“Even with this month’s losses in managerial recruitment, we are way ahead of where we were three years ago,” says Tony Lee, publisher, CareerCast.com. “The hope is that we're having a short-term blip on a path that will lead to greater job opportunities emerging through the 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 101.3 for April 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 101.3 than it was April of 2007.

                                  

Index Month Index Score Monthly Change
April 2012 101.3 -15.3
March 2012 116.9 +12.0
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 +1.9
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

 

With a 21.9-point gain from January to March, hiring levels seem to be leveling out. Across the U.S., both the Index and the Per Capita hiring levels fell from last month.

 

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CareerCast.com Wed, 04/25/2012 - 13:56
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Springing in to a new career was a challenge for most job seekers in April as hiring levels sank in most cities across the U.S. Only three cities saw an increase in hiring, including Louisville (+6%), Nashville (+3%), and Seattle (+3%). The cities that saw the greatest hiring losses in April were in the East, including Washington, D.C., which was the big loser with a drop of 8%, followed by Baltimore and Cleveland (-6%) and Hartford (-5%).

“Aside from the gains in Louisville, Nashville and Seattle, nearly every city lost some ground in managerial hiring this month, except for Houston, Boston and New York City, which remained the same,” says Jay Martin, COO, JobSerf. “The Northeast was the biggest loser, with Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Hartford seeing large decreases.”

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.

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