The Labor Market Information Division now posts the latest information on online job advertisements for California from The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine™ Data Series
(HWOL). HWOL also provides a monthly measure of labor demand at the national, regional, state, and metropolitan levels.
There was a modest gain in advertised vacancies for the four regions of the United States. The West had the largest gain of 47,800 with California being the largest contributor of 32,100. There were a total of 361,700 advertisements reported for California for October 2010. Nationally, there are 4,404,800 seasonally adjusted advertised vacancies for October 2010 an increase of 113,700 from September 2010.
The Bay Area had the largest percentage increase (51 percent) in job advertisements of any region from October 2009 to October 2010. The region had the second-highest increase (9 percent) in ads from September 2010 to October 2010.
The Central Coast and San Joaquin regions saw the smallest increases in job advertisements from September 2010 to October 2010 (2 and 3 percent, respectively).
Job advertisements in Southern California improved markedly with an overall increase of 32 percent from October 2009 to October 2010, while data from October 2008 to October 2009 showed a sharp drop (19 percent).
The Southern Border and Greater Sacramento regions also saw a marked increase (28 and 35 percent respectively) from October 2009 to October 2010. This was significant given that the Southern Border had seen a 22 percent decrease and Greater Sacramento a 24 percent decrease from October 2008 to October 2009.