Press Release

Simply Hired Report Finds Job Openings Increase in May

Employment Outlook Report Shows Increase in Job Openings Across The Country

Sunnyvale, Calif. – June 4, 2013 – Simply Hired® today reported that for the eleventh time in 13 months the U.S. has experienced growth in job openings. In May, job openings were up 3.2% month-over-month and 38.4% year-over-year. Nationwide, job competition decreased from three unemployed persons to two unemployed persons for each job opening and 15 out of 50 (30%) metro areas saw improvements in job competition. These findings are part of Simply Hired’s June 2013 Employment Outlook, which highlights job industry and employer trends in national and regional U.S. markets.

"May showcased job growth across the country and marked the sixth straight month of job growth in the U.S.," said James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired. "This latest report highlights a decrease in job competition nationwide, providing some important traction for continued job momentum. These signals are very positive for job growth as we move further into the summer months.”

Hiring increases in all major metros
Job openings increased in all 50 major metros in May with Sacramento, CA (6.6%), Greensboro, NC (6.0%), Salt Lake City, UT (5.8%) and Birmingham, AL (5.8%) experienced the largest gains month-over-month. Job competition also decreased with the ratio of job seekers to job openings dropping in 15 out of 50 (30%) metro areas, including Minneapolis, Orlando, Austin and Dallas. None of the top 50 metro areas experienced an increase in competition for the second straight month.

Job openings increase in nearly all industries
Job openings increase in 16 out of 18 industries in May, with automotive (19.3%) and agriculture (13.9%) showing the largest gains, underscoring manifold opportunities in seasonal positions. Real estate and travel – industries that typically hire earlier in the year in advance of summer business – saw the largest decreases (-1.7% and -1.1%, respectively) during May.

Legal and personal care roles increase
Approximately three quarters of occupation categories (18 out of 24) experienced growth in job openings in May. The highest growth was seen in lawyers, judges and legal support (10.4%) and personal care and services (7.4%) month-over-month. Food workers (-8.0%) and transportation workers (-1.7%) faced the largest decline in May.

Healthcare remains top hiring industry
Around one third of the top hiring companies in May were healthcare-related (approximately 38 company locations), making healthcare the top hiring industry. Jobs in consumer goods industries, including technology, consumer packaged goods and automotive, also had a significant number of job openings.

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.