eWeek: According to a recent report from the Conference Board, job postings were up in the second half of 2009, and December was particularly good with 255,000 more job vacancies in December than in the month before. Computer and math job openings were up 23,000 from November, for a total of 467,000 jobs available across the county.
Employers modest increase in demand for labor in the second half of 2009 is a nice way to end what has been a very challenging year, wrote Gad Levanon, senior economist at The Conference Board. The gap between the number of unemployed and the number of advertised vacancies is still very high, but the recent six months indicate that things are slowly moving in the right direction. The gap between the number of unemployed and the number of advertised vacancies is about 12 million, with 4.5 unemployed for every online advertised vacancy.
Levanon continued, "Among the top ten occupations advertised online, there were more vacancies than unemployed people seeking positions for Healthcare Practitioners (0.3) and Computer and Mathematical Science (0.4). On the other hand, in Sales and Related Occupations, there were nearly four people seeking jobs in this field for every online advertised vacancy (3.8) and there were over five unemployed looking for work in Office and Administrative Support positions for every advertised opening (5.2)."