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30 Cities in the U.S. See Rise in Job Openings, Reports

World’s Largest Job Search Engine Releases March 2012 U.S. Employment Outlook

Sunnyvale, Calif. – March 6, 2012 –®, the world’s largest job search engine, today released its March 2012 Employment Outlook highlighting national and local markets, as well as industry and employer trends. Nationwide job openings held steady and largely unchanged in February, increasing just 0.2 percent month-over-month and 5.5 percent year-over-year. Nationwide job competition also remained the same at a ratio of three unemployed persons for every one job opening.

“As we’ve noted before, the job market is becoming truly stable for the first time since the recession began in December 2007,” said Gautam Godhwani, CEO of “It’s encouraging to see employment numbers hold steady. We expect real growth to occur in the coming months.”

Hiring increases in over half of top metros.
Job openings increased in 30 of the 50 top metro areas, and decreased in the other 20. Metros with the largest job growth include Miami & Fort Lauderdale (10.2 percent), Austin (7.7 percent), Orlando (6.5 percent), and Detroit (5.4 percent). Metros with the largest decline include Pittsburgh (-10.9 percent), Greensboro & Winston-Salem (-7.2 percent), and Grand Rapids (-7.1 percent).

Sales, agriculture jobs increase.
Two occupation categories increased by more than half in February: farming, fishing and forestry workers (67.7 percent) and sales representatives (53.0 percent). Other occupation categories experiencing notable job growth include personal care and services (19.4 percent) and financial specialists and accountants (16.2 percent).

Social worker, science jobs decline.
Several occupation categories experienced large decreases in job openings: social workers, counselors and religious workers (-56.8 percent); scientists and lab techs (-47.9 percent); and healthcare workers (-10.9 percent). Legal jobs also fell 51.8 percent, but this decline follows several months of major job growth.

With over eight million job listings, Simply Hired ( is the world’s largest job search engine -- 25 times the size of the biggest job board. Servicing 20 million monthly users across 24 countries, powers jobs on more than 25,000 network partner sites, including LinkedIn, CNNMoney, The Washington Post and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Reaching passive as well as active candidates, the Simply Hired network delivers millions of targeted job applicants and boasts one of the lowest cost-per-hire rates in the industry. The company is based in Sunnyvale, California and is funded by Foundation Capital and IDG Ventures.