Wednesday October 2, 2013

Online Labor Demand Up 209,700 in September

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Peter Tulupman 212-339-0231 / Release #5697

Carol Courter 212-339-0232 /

For Immediate Release 10:00 AM ET, Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Online Labor Demand Up 209,700 in September

This month's rise is the largest monthly increase in 2013

September gains are widespread and include large States like California, Texas, and Massachusetts as well as smaller States such as Nebraska and West Virginia (Table 3)

NEW YORK, October 2, 2013...Online advertised vacancies were up 209,700 in September to 5,184,600, according to The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine® (HWOL) Data Series released today. The September rise is the first rise of over 200,000 since December 2012. The September Supply/Demand rate stands at 2.3 unemployed for each vacancy with a total of 6.3 million more unemployed workers than the number of advertised vacancies.

・The 210,000 gain for September is the first optimistic sign this year that employers are seeking additional workers,・ said June Shelp, Vice President of The Conference Board. This brings the gain for Q3 to 68,000/month and follows a Q2 gain of 27,000/month and a Q1 loss of 26,000/month.

The National gains resulted from a mixture of gains that outnumbered the losses. The largest September gain was for food service workers, up 45,000, or 20 percent ・ a welcome increase since there are still four unemployed in this occupation for every available opening. The number of ads for management positions also rose by 24,700 in part due to greater demand for food service managers. Demand for transportation workers also rose by 20,800 as employers advertised for truck drivers. Occupations with declines in September included legal workers (-6,200) as demand for lawyers and legal support decreased. Office occupations also declined (-5,400) with less employer demand for secretaries and information clerks. (See Table 7 and Occupational Highlights on page 6 for more details.)


The release schedule, national historic table and technical notes to this series are available on The Conference Board website, The historical series for the States and the 52 largest MSAs is available from Haver Analytics. The underlying data for The Conference Board HWOL is collected by Wanted Technologies Corporation.


September labor demand up in 19 of the 20 largest States with New Jersey declining modestly

45 of the 50 States increased in September; Alaska and Idaho declined slightly while Vermont and Rhode Island did not change (Table 3)