Career Builder Job Openings Drop 9.35%Nationwide in Last 45 Days
44 States Decrease, Only 6 States Increase
California Worst State for Declines, North Dakota up 28.08%
Best and Worst States.com, the leading site for facts and lists about States, released analysis today on job opening data using Careerbuilder job openings as a proxy for job activity. Career Builder is the nations largest job posting site. Nationwide job openings dropped 9.35% to 213,077 from 235,059 during the 45 day period starting on January 29, 2009 and ending on March 14, 2009. Job openings are those that have been posted within the last 30 days.
44 States showed decreases in job openings in the last 45 days while only 6 showed increase. The biggest job opening decline was in California. Job openings declined to 21,723 on March 14th from 25,855 on January 29, 2009, a decline of 4,132 job openings. California unemployment was recently announced at 10.1%, the 4th worst in the nation. California, the nations most populous state, also has the most job openings in the country yet the number is quite low compared to the size of the population. Typically job openings are a leading indicator of future employment.
All large employment states showed job opening declines including New York, Illinois, Texas and Florida. Illinois showed the largest decline in percentage terms at -20.99%. Illinois unemployment is currently at 7.9%, tied for 34th in the nation.
States that showed increases were typically small states with low unemployment. The total number of increases was also small. North Dakota showed the largest percentage increase in job openings at 28.08% yet it only increased by 123 job openings. North Dakota’s unemployment was only 4.2% in January, the 2nd lowest in the nation. Alaska increased by 20.75% and had the largest state job opening increase at 167. Alaska unemployment is at 7.9%, tied for 34th in the nation. Other states showing increases were South Dakota with an increase of 62, Maine with 13, Utah with 29 and Iowa with 27. Wyoming, the state with the lowest unemployment, also showed a slight increase of job openings with just 10. It also has the fewest job openings in the nation on career builder.
Edward M. Kopko, Editor of Best and Worst States, said, “ Job Openings have dropped quite quickly since President Obama has taken office. The unemployment rate is unlikely to improve until job openings start to increase. The trend clearly indicates increased unemployment.”
BestandWorstStates.com, is the leading site for facts and lists about states. Ed Kopko, its editor, during his career has written and developed extensive research on business matters and employment. The site develops and publishes data about a number of issues important to people. Topics include state tax policy, social issues, jobs, lifestyle and matters that help citizens be more knowledgeable about the states they live. www.bestandworststates.com.
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Source: Bestandworststates.com, careerbuilder.com
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