Online Job Listings Slip: How Are Your State, City and Occupation Doing?

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Online Job Listings As if you needed it, here's further proof that June was another bump in the road to recovery. Although online "help wanted" ads rose in May, they were down again in June, leaving the rate of supply to demand at 3.11, which means that there were just over three unemployed job seekers for every vacancy advertised online.

That's according to the latest numbers from The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) data series.

"The national trend in labor demand, while still positive, has definitely slowed in the last few months," said June Shelp, vice president at The Conference Board. "In May there were just over 3 unemployed workers seeking jobs for each vacancy -- double the number of 1.5 unemployed for every advertised vacancy just prior to the recession."

Still, "In June, workers in 3 of 22 of the major occupation groups are finding that the number of advertised vacancies is at the highest level since the HWOL series began in June 2005," said Shelp. Find out from the data below how your state, city and occupation are doing.

State-by-State in June

  • The drop in labor demand was widespread across the nation, with 43 of the 50 states down over the month.
  • The number of advertised vacancies exceeded the number of unemployed only in North Dakota, where the supply/demand rate was 0.91.
  • States with the next lowest rates included Nebraska (1.38), Alaska (1.46), New Hampshire (1.48), and South Dakota (1.52).
  • The state with the highest supply/demand rate is Mississippi (7.80), where there are nearly 8 unemployed workers for every vacancy advertised online.
  • There are a number of states in which there are over four unemployed for every advertised vacancy; these include Kentucky (5.14), Alabama (4.59), California (4.39), South Carolina (4.29) and West Virginia (4.11).

Job-by-Job in June

  • Management occupations were down by 14,800, reflecting, in part, fewer advertised vacancies for managers in marketing, health services and sales.
  • Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations declined 16,500. Healthcare occupations that saw declines included physical therapists, general internists, and family and general practitioners.
  • Occupational groups with increases in labor demand included construction and extraction, up 3,800, as well as architecture and engineering, up 800.
  • Also posting modest increases in June were education and training, as well as library and personal care and service.

City-by-City in June

  • In June, all of the 52 metropolitan areas for which data are reported separately posted over-the-year increases in the number of online advertised vacancies.
  • The number of unemployed exceeded the number of advertised vacancies in all of the 52 metro areas.
  • Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City, Honolulu, Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Baltimore and Milwaukee have the lowest supply/demand rates.
  • Metro areas in which the respective number of unemployed is substantially above the number of online advertised vacancies include Riverside, Calif. -- where there are over eight unemployed people for every advertised vacancy (8.40) -- Sacramento (5.60), Miami (5.05) and Los Angeles (4.43).

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