March Brings Big Gains For EmploymentMarch Brings Big Gains For Employment
White collar managerial hiring continued its strong recovery in March, according to the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index, which gained 12.5 points from February. The continued hiring gains translate to an overall score of 116.4, the Index's second highest level in more than five years.
Much like February, the long-term sustainability of recent job market improvements is evident when examined through regional hiring.
“Only a few cities showed declines, and very small ones at that,” says JobSerf CEO Jay Martin.
Hiring across a wide range of cities demonstrates nationwide growth, rather than the select hiring we've seen in past months.
Washington, D.C., was long the index’s forerunner, maintaining a high hiring level amid economic turbulence. The nation’s capital is still near the top – but is no longer the top.
“The budget battle appears to have dethroned Washington, D.C., with Boston taking the lead in hiring for the first time ever,” Martin says.
Boston’s steady climb began in November at 140 points and reached 165 points in March. Beantown’s hiring improvements this month hit 9%, among the more impressive gains for the month. Only Memphis at a growth rate of 10%, San Francisco at 13% and Riverside at 16% were higher.
“Tech and biotech have been major drivers, with Boston and San Francisco registering huge gains in job growth,” Martin says.
Another factor helping shape March’s employment gains is the stock market. Rebounds on Wall Street in March led to new record highs for the Dow Jones Industrial average. Historically, the job market’s strength has coincided with that of the stock market and that is indeed reflected in the March index.
How do we determine these numbers?
The CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index calculates the number of available managerial job openings each month by surveying a 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 116.4 for March 2013 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. Over the past 56 months, the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Index is higher at 116.4 than in March 2007.
March 2013 Employment By RegionMarch 2013 Employment By Region
For a second consecutive month, each of the five regions of the country showed improvement. Hiring gains were considerable across all five as well.
The Midwest was the slowest at 2.3 points, but at 118.2, it ranks just behind the Northeast (119.7) and Southwest (119.3) for best overall.
The Southwest’s 9.1-point improvement is second to the Southeast at 18.1-point hiring gains. The 10% improvement in Memphis helped set the Southeast’s tone.
While there was across-the-map managerial hiring gains, a cause for concern is the West’s continued sluggishness compared to the rest of the nation. The region improved by 6.5 points, thanks largely to San Francisco. But at 86.3 points overall, the West is nearly 30 points behind the Southeast, the next lowest region.
The recession impacted hiring in such cities as Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego. Each is growing slowly, and Riverside’s 29 points is the lowest among all the cities scored despite its substantial gain.
Continue reading for analysis of how individual job titles fared in March hiring.
March 2013 Employment By Job TitleMarch 2013 Employment By Job Title
Managerial-level hiring boomed in March with a 22-point gain in the index. Employment for manager level candidates now reaches 145. Its growth paced improvements across three of the four white collar sectors.
“Manager level is at a record, [and] drove the entire rise of hiring in March,” Martin says. Director level gained three points, and VP improved by seven to overtake director. Only C-Level hiring dipped in March, down to 58 points from 65 in February.
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