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April 3, 2008 / Toby Dayton

Job Openings On Company Sites Rise Substantially In March

Contrary to the gloomy consensus economic forecast around the upcoming March jobs numbers, LinkUp’s data shows that companies in virtually every state added more new jobs to their company web sites in March than they did in February. Companies also listed more total job openings on their company web sites than they did in February. Only Arizona and Nebraska showed declines in the total number of jobs listed. In March, companies added 523,498 new, unique job listings to their corporate web sites, an increase of 4% from February. Companies published a total of 827,353 unique job listings on their company sites, an increase of 13% over February.

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LinkUp.com aggregates job listings that employers post on their own corporate web site. These job listings or openings are often not advertised anywhere else on the web or in print. As well, the aggregated data, pulled from over 8,000 companies of all sizes and in all industries throughout the U.S., does not include any duplicate job listings. But while the data presents a high-quality, unique, and relevant snapshot of the nation’s employment picture, it is not meant to represent the exact number of job openings in any given state. The vast majority of companies in the U.S. do not list their job openings on their company web site, if they even have a corporate web site, and LinkUp is still accumulating data from new companies being included in the data set. (The percentage increases from February to March might be slightly overstated since the March numbers listed in the chart above include data from more companies than the February numbers). In any event, the LinkUp numbers provide a somewhat contrarian picture to the doom and gloom surrounding the employment market.

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