In January, The Conference Board reported 78,500 new listings for healthcare practitioners and technicians, and 16,600 new ads for healthcare support jobs, as healthcare jobs led a strong first month of 2011. However, February saw online job ads for practitioners and technical occupations drop by 4,300 owing largely to decreases in advertised vacancies for registered nurses and occupational and physical therapists, while support positions posted a decrease of 4,200.
In the overall economy, labor demand rose to a "pre-recession monthly high" of 4.5 million online advertised vacancies in May, up 148,000 listings from April, The Conference Board reports. "Overall, the trend in online advertised vacancies has been positive this year," June Shelp, vice president at The Conference Board, said in a media release. "Following the large increase of 526,000 in January, over the next four months the increase in advertised vacancies has averaged 66,000 per month. While we have now returned to the pre-recession levels of labor demand, the big difference today is the larger number of unemployed workers that are seeking jobs compared to four years ago."
In April 2011 there were 3.18 unemployed for every advertised vacancy, in contrast to the 1.5 unemployed for every vacancy in April 2007, Shelp said, and labor demand is still uneven across occupations.