Top 50 Metro Areas Experience Job Opening Growth in December Reports Simply Hired

“It is very exciting to see 2012 come to a close with job openings up 10 percent year-over-year,” said James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired. “Over the last year, we’ve seen job openings consistently climb while the ratio of unemployed persons to each job opening has held steady. These factors indicate that 2013 is setting up to be another year of positive and steady growth.”

Job openings increased in all 50 of the major metros in December. Cincinnati (9.4%), Austin (7.7%), Salt Lake City (7.4%) and St. Louis (6.2%) experienced the largest gains. In addition, job competition held steady in 49 out of 50 major metros.

Job openings increased in more than half of all industries (11 out of 18) in December. The non-profit (43.5%) and real estate (11.7%) industries showed the largest gains. Year-over-year, two-thirds of industries are experiencing growth. However, the military (-15.3%) and retail (-12.9%) industries faced the largest decreases in job openings in December.

More than 80 percent of occupation categories (15 out of 18) experienced growth in job openings this month. Farm, fishing and forestry (9.6%), personal care and service (8.8%) and construction and extraction (8.2%) workers experienced the largest amount of growth month-over-month. However, computer engineers (-4.3%) faced the largest decline in December.