Employment on the Rise in Top Metro Areas

Here’s a piece of good news about the struggling U.S. job market: In March, nationwide job openings increased in all but one of the 50 top metro areas — compared to 30 cities in February. That finding, along with several other employment statistics, was released today in the April 2012 Employment Outlook published by SimplyHired.com, a job search engine. Grand Rapids, Mich., was the only city on the list with a decline in job openings.

“This year, we’re seeing real stability in the job market, and the increases across industries and metros are promising,” said SimplyHired CEO Gautam Godhwani, in a statement. “With increasing employer confidence in the economy, job seekers should see steady opportunities in the coming months,” Godhwani said.

According to the report, nationwide job openings increased 5% in March compared to February, and 4.3% year-over-year. Although job openings rose, nationwide employment competition remained at a ratio of three  unemployed persons for every one job opening. Metro areas with the largest job growth include Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M. (8.7%), Minneapolis (7.5%), West Palm Beach, Fla. (7.4%) and Philadelphia (7.1%).

The military showed  an 18% increase in job openings. Other industries experiencing double-digit month-over-month growth include media (11.6%), construction (11.3%) and travel (10.9%).

The top five hiring companies nationwide are:

  1. AT&T (NYSE:T)
  2. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)
  3. HCA Healthcare (NYSE:HCA)
  4. U.S. Air Force

You can read the complete report at SimplyHired.

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