April 2011: U.S. Job Growth ContinuesApril 2011: U.S. Job Growth Continues
Job Growth Continues in April and reaches its highest level since 2008
CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index
April brought a small but meaningful increase in hiring activity nationally, with a gain of 1.1 points, the highest index level since January, 2008. The CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index total for April is 110.6, which is 18.3 points above April of last year and 69.2 points above April 2009. The good news is that this trend shows that the hiring recovery is progressing and sustainable.
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 110.6 for April 2011 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 40 months, the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Index is higher at 110.6 than in April of 2007
- USA Hiring Index Table, Jan 2008 - April 2011:
|Index Month||Index Score||Monthly Change|
2011 continues to see progress in employment activity with each month building upon the previous month’s gain. The month of April has produced extreme index scores from both ends of the spectrum, with the lowest index score (44.1 in April 2009) and the highest (110.6 April 2011) index score in the CareerCast.com/JobSerf records. The building trend bodes well as we head into the summer months.
Continue to the April 2011 Regional Hiring Report
April 2011: Employment Activity by U.S. RegionApril 2011: Employment Activity by U.S. Region CareerCast.com Tue, 04/26/2011 - 13:52
April 2011: Employment Activity by Job TitleApril 2011: Employment Activity by Job Title CareerCast.com Tue, 04/26/2011 - 14:50
April 2011: The 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for Finding a JobApril 2011: The 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for Finding a Job
For the fourth month in a row, US cities saw a gain in employment activity to the highest level since January 2008. Detroit saw the biggest percentage employment gain (+25%), with Indianapolis (+22%), San Diego (+23%) and Dallas (+21%) rounding out the list. San Francisco is the only city measured that saw a decline (-2%).
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? If you're planning on a move soon, your best bet would be to check out the top 10 best cities for finding a job today: