If you’re out of work or searching for a new employment opportunity in Phoenix or beyond, you may be wondering, “Where are all the jobs?”

Well, the answer might surprise you.

At PrideStaff, we’ve put together a list – based on data from job aggregator site – highlighting the industries that are undergoing the most growth and the biggest declines in terms of job postings as of March 2012.

Here’s a look:

Where’s the Job Growth?

The Hospitality industry has had the biggest increase in job postings – a 48% jump since March 2011. Likewise, the Education industry has seen a 39% increase in the number of postings from a year ago. These surges are likely, in part, due to the fact that both industries experienced drastic job cuts during the economic recession, as educational institutions as well as households tightened their budgets significantly.

Other industries that are seeing growth in the numbers of job postings include:

  • The Construction, Healthcare, and Real Estate industries, all with 9% increases;
  • Manufacturing with an 8% increase;
  • Media with a 5% increase;
  • And both the Retail and Transportation industries with 3% increases.

Where are the Job Declines?

Some of the industries that are seeing a slight downturn in the number of job postings since March 2011 include:

  • Accounting and Financial Services & Banking, both with 8% drops.
  • Information Technology with a 5% drop.

Locally Speaking…

The good news is that the Phoenix employment market is #21 on Indeed’s list of the 50 most populous metro markets ranked by job postings per capita – with 61 job postings per 1,000 people. That’s up from #23 last year and almost triple the lowest ranked city of Riverside, CA, which only offers 22 job postings per 1,000 people.

However, for every one job posting, there are still two unemployed people, so competition in the Phoenix employment market is still quite strong.

Need Help With Your Job Search?

At PrideStaff, we love helping candidates find great jobs within our network of clients. When you work with us, you’ll have access to a broad range of positions where your skills can be put to the best possible use.

For instance, one of the exciting opportunities we currently have available is for a Forecasting Analyst to provide forecasting for inventory and purchasing. It’s a temporary-to-hire position with the possibility of full-time employment and offers up to $50K in salary.

If you’re interested in learning more about this job – or any others we have available – just visit our Search Jobs in Arizona section or contact us today.

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