Press Release

Job Openings Increase Nationwide in April Reports Simply Hired

Employment Outlook Report Shows Job Opening Growth in Top 50 Metro Areas

Sunnyvale, Calif. – May 1, 2013 – Simply Hired®, a technology company that operates one of the world’s largest job search engines, today reported that for the tenth time in 12 months the U.S. has experienced growth in job openings. In April, job openings were up 6.2% month-over-month and 40.9% year-over-year. The ratio of job seekers to job openings improved in 19 out of 50 (38%) metro areas and none of the top 50 metros saw an increase in competition. These findings are part of Simply Hired’s May 2013 Employment Outlook, which highlights job industry and employer trends in national and regional U.S. markets.

"Job openings increased in every major metro in April, marking the tenth time in 12 months the U.S. has seen an increase in job growth," said James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired. "We are seeing job listings increase in nearly all industries, as well as significant improvements in job competition across the country. As we move into summer, these are great signs for the economy and continued job momentum.”

Hiring increases in all major metros
Job openings increased in all 50 major metros in April with Greenville, SC (9.2%), Portland, OR (9.0%), Grand Rapids, MI (8.4%) and Albuquerque, NM (8.3%) experiencing the largest gains. Moreover, the ratio of job seekers to job openings improved in 19 out of 50 (38%) metro areas, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Miami. None of the top 50 metro areas experienced an increase in competition.

Job openings increase in nearly all industries
Job openings increased in 16 out of 18 industries in April, with legal (13.6%) and financial services (13.2%) showing the largest gains. The only two industries that saw decreases during this period were agriculture (-8.9%) and government (-1.7%).

Architectural and legal job openings increase
A large majority of occupation categories (20 out of 24) experienced growth in job openings in April. Architects (12.0%) and lawyers, judges and legal support (9.0%) experienced the largest amount of growth month-over-month. The largest declines in April were seen in food workers (-11.0%) and engineers (excluding computers) (-1.9%).

About Simply Hired
Simply Hired®, a technology company that operates one of the world’s largest job search engines, connects job seekers and employers through its powerful search engine platform and performance-based job advertising solution. With more than 30 million unique visitors per month, the company provides job seekers access to over eight million job openings across all job categories and industries, reaching job seekers on the web, social networks, mobile devices, email and through its exclusive network of thousands of partner sites including LinkedIn, Mashable and Bloomberg Businessweek. The Sunnyvale, California-based company has twice been named a “Top Workplace” by The Bay Area News Group and is privately held with funding from Foundation Capital and IDG Ventures.