TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Conference Board, an independent research association, released Help Wanted Online data for the month of October. This data is the point of reference for Florida’s labor demand rates. The report shows job demand increases in the WORKFORCE plus region, the state and the nation.
According to the Help Wanted Online report, the WORKFORCE plus region saw a 28% increase in employment ads from October 2009 and a .72% increase in ads from last month. Since the official end of the recession in June 2009, job demand has increased regionally with 1,650 openings. The top advertised occupations were for Registered Nurses and Computer Information Systems Managers.
The gap in the WORKFORCE plus region between the number of unemployed and advertised vacancies stands at 3.21 unemployed for every one vacancy in October (according to the most recent unemployment data available).
At the state level, job postings have increased consistently for five months and represent the highest level of demand since July 2008. Florida saw a 30.7% increase in help wanted online ads from a year ago representing an additional 72,377 jobs. The state-wide rate saw a marginal 1.4% increase from the month-ago rate with an additional 846 jobs. Since the end of the recession, online job demand in Florida has increased by over 68,050 jobs. The
most online ads in October for the state were for healthcare and technical occupations.
The Conference Board also reported nation-wide gains of 113,700 online ads in October. All regions of the U.S saw at least modest gains in online job demand with the greatest demand in the West. Job demand rose for workers in healthcare and technical occupations.
To unite hiring employers with skilled jobseekers, WORKFORCE plus will host the 8th Annual “Get Connected” Job Fair. Employers and job seekers are encouraged to participate in the Fair at the Leon County Civic Center January 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“As our local recovery picks up, our efforts will be to continue creating opportunities that will connect qualified job seekers with local employment opportunities,” stated Kimberly A. Moore, Chief Executive Officer of WORKFORCE plus. “Our goal is to aid in lowering the unemployment numbers seen and increase the number of local residents gaining a paycheck.”
In addition to the annual community job fair, WORKFORCE plus provides other beneficial services to employers and jobseekers. Through the Center for Business & Employer Services, WORKFORCE plus provides access to local workforce solutions and statewide services in one location. Services include: on-site recruiting, interviewing and hiring, employer/employee matching, wage and labor market information, customized training programs, training and tax incentive programs and more. WORKFORCE plus also encourages employers to list their job openings for free in the statewide job database, Employ Florida Marketplace. For these and other opportunities, please visit www.wfplus.org.