Employment Index Gains Nine Points in February
NewYork, NY, March 9, 2007--
During the month of February, 19 of 20 industries, 22 of 23 occupational categories and all nine U.S. Census Bureau regions tracked by the Index registered increased online job availability.
Following a moderate rise in January, online job demand in the utilities industry surged 15 points in February, making it the Index's top growth industry on a year-over-year basis. Although recruiting activities within the utilities sector have historically spiked in the first quarter in previous years, the strong increase last month suggests a particularly heightened need for workers in heating services and repair and maintenance personnel.
Management of companies and enterprises (up 10 points) rose for the second consecutive month, as holding companies, investment, trust and office management companies continued to expand their online hiring efforts. Despite the still-cooling
Online Demand for Legal; Personal Care and Service; and Food Preparation and Serving Workers Rises in February
Legal occupations registered the sharpest rate of growth in online demand in February, building on a strong rise in January. While recruitment activity for legal occupations has historically risen in the early Spring, the size of the increase last month points to unusually high employer demand for attorneys, paralegals and various legal support staff. Online opportunities for personal care and service occupations also surged in February, reflecting a seasonal build up in demand during the spring months for workers in the fitness, recreation and personal appearance occupations.
Online job availability for food preparation and serving related occupations also rose last month, as the category gained five points, achieving its highest year-over-year growth rate since November 2005. Online recruitment for food service workers is accelerating, mirroring U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data showing that many new jobs in the
In addition to legal occupations, other white-collar segments saw online job demand increase in February, including business and financial operations, which surged 13 points, indicating strong demand for accounting, auditing, and financial reporting professionals. Opportunities for workers in arts, design, entertainment, sports and media (up seven points) also increased, mostly due to an influx of online opportunities for creative occupations such as advertising, marketing and PR professionals.
Despite showing moderate increases last month, blue-collar occupations are still feeling the effects of a cooling housing market and slumping manufacturing sector, particularly in the auto industry. Categories such as architecture and engineering (up 11 points); construction and extraction (up nine points); and production (up 10 points) each saw growth in February, but remain flat on a year-over-year basis.
Online Job Demand Rises in All Nine
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