Employment Reaches A Five-Year High In MayEmployment Reaches A Five-Year High In May
Managerial hiring in May improved to a five-year high, and regions sorely needing good job market news got it, according to the latest CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index.
A 3.5-point gain bumped the index to 118.4, its all-time high watermark since its introduction in 2008. The current score is also 20.9 points above its level of a year ago.
Two of the past three months have yielded impressive managerial employment gains, and every month of 2013 with the exception of April has shown month-to-month improvement.
JobSerf CEO Jay Martin credits the ongoing budget sequestration to the positive hiring activity. Since its outset on March 1, various economic factors have shown improvement. In addition to managerial hiring, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has reached record highs.
The positive trend before summer deviates from precedent. In each of the past three years, May employment numbers have dropped from April. This year’s gains are the first in May since 2009, when the job market was reeling at the height of the economic recession.
Buoying the month’s gains for white-collar employment was a substantial hiring increase in the Western U.S.
“The West appears to be having a nice rebound with all California cities and Phoenix showing impressive gains,” Martin says. “Though other indicators show moderate hiring weakness, online job postings counts for managerial positions continue at strong levels.”
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 118.4 for May 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 118.4 than in May 2007.
May 2013 Employment By RegionMay 2013 Employment By Region
The West’s considerable employment improvement brings the region to its highest level since April 2011. The current 90.2 score is just 2.9 points below that threshold, while the 10.6-point jump is second only to an 11-point gain in Nov. 2010.
Seattle and San Francisco were the region’s two pace setters, gaining 16 and 11 points. Their improved hiring numbers point to increases in IT employment.
Seattle’s 14% employment increase was May’s highest among all cities tracked by the Employment Index, though Phoenix was not far behind at 12%.
Phoenix was one of three cities in the Southwest region with double-digit percent growth in May. Both Houston and Dallas showed increases of 11%.
Atlanta was another high growth city in May, jumping 11 points. The Southeast’s regional gain was 3.1 points thanks in part to Atlanta, though Memphis suffered the most dramatic dip of any city in the nation.
“Memphis fell backwards [seven points], show[ing] recent gains to be anomalies,” Martin says.
Continue reading for analysis of how individual job titles fared in May hiring.
May 2013 Employment By Job TitleMay 2013 Employment By Job Title
Three of the four levels of managerial hiring showed increases in May, and the fourth remained steady from its April mark.
Up 16 points from April to 79 points, C-Level manager hiring was at its best in two years. Both VP and Manager levels rose four points to 100 and 141. Director level held steady at 99 points.
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