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July 22, 2008 / Toby Dayton

State Operated, Publicly Financed Job Boards Failing To Gain Traction

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, I thought I’d post a Compete.com graph of the visitors to a few state-operated, publicly financed job boards in a sample of states where JobDig operates (JobDig currently serves markets in 14 states, and just announced its 15th state – Indiana – that will launch August 4th). The chart is included not so much to promote JobDig, but to demonstrate what a colossal waste of taxpayer money these state run job boards are. My guess is that the 4 job boards shown are wasting tens of millions of dollars every year in taxpayer money, and to what end? They aren’t drawing sufficient traffic to justify the expenditure, they are not filling an unmet need, they are not serving business that are posting jobs, they offer no assistance to jobseekers that cannot be met online through other sources, they are not generating tax revenue for the state, and they are not making states any more competitive than they otherwise would be. The only purposes these job boards serve are to keep an obscenely large number of state government bureaucrats employed and to give cynical politicians something they can point to, no matter how misguided it might in fact be, as evidence of their efforts to help businesses and workers in their state.

5 Comments

  1. Sarah Welstead / Jul 22 2008 3:12 pm

    I think you would find the same state of affairs in Canada regarding federally funded job boards. There is an innovation message missing. I think if I were looking for a job in civil service, I would naturally go to a government job board. It would not occur to me to visit one for a private sector job…nor do I think it would occur to private sector employers to post on a government job site. It just is not an intuitive relationship.

  2. Sarah Welstead / Jul 22 2008 10:12 am

    I think you would find the same state of affairs in Canada regarding federally funded job boards. There is an innovation message missing. I think if I were looking for a job in civil service, I would naturally go to a government job board. It would not occur to me to visit one for a private sector job…nor do I think it would occur to private sector employers to post on a government job site. It just is not an intuitive relationship.

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