Job Openings On the Rise

job interview There were 3.1 million job openings on the last business day of February 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics -- that's the highest number in two and a half years, and a marked increase from the 2.7 million job openings in January.

Meanwhile, job search website CareerBuilder saw a 23 percent year-over-year increase in job listings in March, the most robust gain since the recession. That would indicate that things are looking up for job seekers across the country.

"We're seeing the aggregate numbers on CareerBuilder increase at a much higher percentage rate than in the past," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. "This year, job listings in March were up more than 20 percent year-over-year. Traffic increases are also stronger in 2011 as more workers return to the labor force to look for jobs and underemployed workers seek out more fulfilling opportunities."

More fulfilling opportunities might be just around the corner. The U.S. added 1.5 million jobs since a recent low in February 2010 and added 230,000 private sector jobs in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job listings on CareerBuilder are trending up among all categories including healthcare, information technology, engineering, sales, customer service, manufacturing, financial services and others.

"While the job market remains highly competitive, hiring is picking up across industries, company sizes and job levels," said Ferguson. "Big companies are not just bringing back sales or IT positions, but almost every role within the organization. That's different from last year when you might have seen a certain function or a division that was hiring."

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