June 2011: U.S. Job Growth Remains Flat

June 2011: U.S. Job Growth Remains Flat
CareerCast.com Wed, 06/29/2011 - 11:58
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Hiring Activity Remains Steady in June

U.S. hiring activity leveled off in June as stronger early summer hiring failed to materialize, according to the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index. Employment activity ended at 100.3 in June, a drop of 0.2 points from May. However, the overall index is still trending positively as managerial hiring activity is nearly 40 points higher than it was in June, 2009, a hopeful sign of 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 100.3 for June 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 42 months, the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Index is higher at 100.3 than in June of 2007.

Index Month Index Score Monthly Change
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

 

Though hiring slowed quite a bit in May, the numbers for June leveled off. Although the monthly numbers have recently fluctuated, the June levels (100.3) are nearing the hiring activity of pre-recession employment numbers (102.6) in 2008. According to the CareerCast.com/JobSerf records, hiring increased by 7.7 points since last June alone.

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CareerCast.com Wed, 06/29/2011 - 12:40
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The start of summer has heated up some job markets more quickly than others. Many favorite vacation spots have felt the temperatures rise and an increase of more jobs. Los Angeles saw a gain of 14% in managerial hiring over last month, followed by Miami (+10%) and Tampa (+5%). Not all cities have weathered the summer as well. Six cities had double-digit losses in June: Seattle (-15%), Washington, DC (-12%), Indianapolis (-12%), Louisville (-12%), Detroit (-11%) and Dallas (-10%).

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 June:

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