August 2012: Employment Activity By Region

August 2012: Employment Activity By Region

Sizable increases in Hartford, Baltimore and Boston made the Northeast the nation’s most active region for managerial employment this month. After dipping below pre-2008 levels earlier this summer, the region surged closer to its March 2012 pinnacle of 111.9.

"Boston and Hartford led the way in raw gains as well as percentage increase,” Martin says. “Hartford had historically been ranked where it is [No. 14 nationally], and is now returning." Hartford ranked No. 18 at the start of the year, and is nearing its five-year high of 73 reached last August. Boston achieved its best numbers yet, with an index score of 159.

The Nutmeg State’s largest city shows growth after increased unemployment claims in May and June. The BLS projected Hartford’s unemployment rate at 8.5 in June, near its January 2012 mark, but considerably higher than its 7.4 total in April.

The Associated Press reported Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s announced expansion of accounting firm Deloitte and Touche at the beginning of the month, anticipating 500 new positions in addition to more than 1,100 employees already in the state. That news came just weeks after a $19 million state loan was granted for the creation of 400 jobs in steel manufacturing.

Elsewhere, Dallas showed continued improvement, moving up for a third consecutive month. The Southwest as a whole experienced a 6.9 % decrease – yet remains 3.7 % ahead of 2011 standards.

Those regions that dipped in August – hiring in the West remains stagnant, for example – only did so marginally. And even the West, lagging behind 2008 numbers as a whole, featured 6% improvement in its largest city, Los Angeles.

"The slowest cities only had per capita hiring levels drop 1 or 2 points, showing an overall strength of the job market throughout the summer,” Martin says.

Among those cities were Memphis, Tampa and Milwaukee. Their slight drop-offs contributed to overall slides in the Southeast and Midwest. The most notable decline this month was in Cleveland, which dropped three percent. The city is 16% below its Nov. 2010 peak.

Index Month Northeast Southeast Midwest Southwest West
August 2012 103.9 99.0 104.5 113.2 83.6
July 2012 98.4 94.1 102.4 120.2 83.9
June 2012 100.2 95.8 101.7 112.5 82.3
May 2012 88.8 81.7 96.1 106.1 77.2
April 2012 97.8 96.0 99.4 109.0 80.7
March 2012 111.9 110.7 107.5 117.4 87.7
February 2012 109.8 96.4 114.0 109.6 80.9
January 2012 95.5 82.3 93.0 100.2 74.8
December 2011 95.8 88.0 92.5 95.8 73.7
November 2011 105.3 99.6 96.6 105.6 84.5
October 2011 105.7 95.2 98.6 103.3 80.7
September 2011 98.2 96.7 107.4 105.5 85.0
August 2011 108.3 100.6 112.0 109.5 86.9
July 2011 104.2 94.4 101.5 109.0 84.5
June 2011 103.6 95.2 99.3 102.1 81.3
May 2011 105.1 98.7 101.5 111.6 85.6
April 2011 120.3 106.4 120.7 122.1 93.1
March 2011 123.1 109.0 113.2 105.5 87.9
February 2011 118.1 95.5 124.9 106.1 85.3
January 2011 114.3 90.7 112.1 117.3 87.4
December 2010 106.7 97.0 104.6 100.2 82.2
November 2010 100.4 100.1 103.6 112.6 91.6
October 2010 108.8 89.6 98.2 102.4 80.6
September 2010 102.0 91.8 102.0 103.9 84.8
August 2010 108.8 95.6 106.4 105.2 84.3
July 2010 111.7 100.6 101.9 103.5 88.6
June 2010 108.9 100.1 97.0 100.4 79.7
May 2010 98.6 89.2 89.4 102.9 77.5
April 2010 99.7 87.3 91.3 94.9 74.5
March 2010 94.1 85.6 86.3 97.5 71.3
February 2010 94.3 79.4 95.8 88.6 70.9
January 2010 85.0 66.4 76.8 84.8 63.6
December 2009 84.8 76.0 75.1 79.3 67.6
November 2009 84.5 74.7 68.2 77.7 69.5
October 2009 78.0 66.6 62.1 73.7 63.8
September 2009 75.6 69.1 65.1 75.4 64.5
August 2009 92.0 83.3 80.4 86.3 73.7
July 2009 87.5 80.3 72.4 88.1 75.0
June 2009 68.6 64.4 60.9 69.4 55.9
May 2009 67.0 61.8 53.1 66.9 51.7
April 2009 46.0 42.5 40.4 47.5 40.1
March 2009 48.1 45.8 39.0 51.6 45.2
February 2009 51.7 50.4 46.6 54.4 50.5
January 2009 66.0 58.5 56.6 70.8 62.6
December 2008 69.7 69.9 59.8 71.8 66.3
November 2008 81.1 76.8 72.7 81.6 78.3
October 2008 75.1 71.5 71.1 79.0 75.2
September 2008 87.0 82.9 86.8 97.8 93.3
August 2008 109.0 102.5 105.8 115.2 109.4
July 2008 106.6 96.4 107.7 111.1 96.3
June 2008 108.0 101.2 100.4 111.7 103.0
May 2008 100.0 97.2 92.2 103.8 97.0
April 2008 98.3 92.3 96.7 99.6 95.5
March 2008 115.2 113.1 108.3 119.3 107.7
February 2008 114.5 105.0 133.6 117.3 105.3
January 2008 101.2 94.6 103.3 113.5 100.3


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