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Healthcare Online Job Postings Plummet in October

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2011


Healthcare support positions fell by 1,700 listings to 114,100 in October. There were 2.6 healthcare support job seekers for every job opening, and the positions paid$12.94 an hour, on average, the Conference Board reported.

In the overall economy, online job listings fell by 13,600 posts in October to about 3.9 million, after losing 44,000 job listings in September, 164,000 listings in August, 217,000 listings in July, and 100,000 listings in June. Nationally there were 10 million more unemployed people than job listings, or 3.5 unemployed people for every online advertised job vacancy.

“The good news is that labor demand did not deteriorate further in October, but at the same time we have no clear sign that demand is picking up,” said June Shelp, vice president at the Conference Board, in a media release.

The drop in demand of 513,000 job listings over the last seven months has largely offset the gain of 763,000 listings in early 2011, Shelp said, and narrowed the average monthly gain for 2011 to 25,000 job listings.