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Online job ads spike in September, 'first optimistic sign'

October 02 2013

The number of online job ads in the U.S. posted its biggest increase in September since the start of the year , according to The Conference Board's report on online job ads released today. “The 210,000 gain for September is the first optimistic sign this year that employers are seeking additional workers,” said June Shelp, vice president of The Conference Board. 

U.S. online job ads rose by 209,700 during September to a total of approximately 5.18 million, according to The Conference Board.

September's increase brings the average monthly gain to 68,000 jobs in the third quarter. This follows an average monthly gain of 27,000 jobs in the second quarter and an average monthly loss of 26,000 jobs in the first quarter.

A separate measure of online job ads released this week by job board Simply Hired reported that online job postings in the U.S. rose by 6.9 percent in September compared to August. Simply Hired's data is based on job openings listed on its site simplyhired.com.

“Our September data shows that job growth remains strong as we move into fall,” said James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired. “This is a very positive signal that the recovery is across geographies and segments- and not isolated in specific regions or job segments.”

Non-profit and construction were among the top industries in terms of job growth, while healthcare continued to count the most available job openings.

Here are the top hiring companies by market with their number of job openings on Simply Hired, as well as each company’s month-over-month change:

  • Atlanta: Dollar General, 978 jobs (40.1 percent)
  • Boston: TripAdvisor, 3,968 jobs (-1.7 percent)
  • Charlotte, N.C.: Harris Teeter, 700 jobs (3.0 percent)
  • Chicago: McDonald’s, 2,008 jobs (-2.7 percent)
  • Cleveland and Akron, Ohio: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1,274 jobs (6.8 percent)
  • Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas: Texas Health Resources, 1,578 jobs (13.0 percent)
  • Denver: Centura Health, 1,591 jobs (12.9 percent)
  • Detroit: Chrysler, 1,063 jobs (12.9 percent)
  • Houston: McDonald’s, 930 jobs (0.1 percent)
  • Los Angeles: McDonald’s, 1,594 jobs (12.9 percent)
  • Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: Miami Dade College, 868 jobs (-3.6 percent)
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul: University of Minnesota, 898 jobs (1.0 percent)
  • New York: Citigroup, 2,632 jobs (8.5 percent)
  • Orlando, Fla.: Adventist Health System, 540 jobs (-1.7 percent)
  • Philadelphia: McDonald’s, 999 jobs (9.2 percent)
  • Phoenix: Banner Health, 1,568 jobs (19.4 percent)
  • Pittsburgh, Penn.: BNY Mellon, 532 jobs (8.3 percent)
  • Portland, Ore.: Nike, 795 jobs (24.5 percent)
  • Raleigh and Durham, N.C.: Food Lion, 548 jobs (7.1 percent)
  • Sacramento, Calif.: Dignity Health, 861 jobs (21.0 percent)
  • San Francisco Bay Area: Kaiser Permanente, 2,850 jobs (12.2 percent)
  • Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.: Microsoft, 4,277 jobs (20.4 percent)
  • St. Louis, Mo.: McDonald’s, 760 jobs (1.2 percent)
  • Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla.: BayCare Health System, 1,414 jobs (2.3 percent)
  • Washington, D.C.: General Dynamics, 1,602 jobs (9.6 percent)

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