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LinkUp’s April Jobs Report Shows Mixed Bag
Well before the monthly jobs report from the Department of Labor, LinkUp released its job listing data for April and noted that the report provided some mixed signals. New Job listings dropped 20% from March to 497,245 – the worst monthly percentage drop since LinkUp started tracking the data early last year. On the other hand, total job listings on the site fell by only 5% to 808,574. The smaller than expected decline in total job listings for the month could indicate that the pace of job losses is slowing and that the job market might be slowly recovering. Also encouraging is the fact that 10 states showed an increase in the number of total job postings and 3 states showed no decline in the total number of job listings. In March, only 2 states showed an increase in the total number of job postings.
LinkUp, one of the leading job search engines in the country, indexes job listings found on only on company web sites (16,874 company sites in April). Unlike other job search engines such as Indeed or Simplyhired, LinkUp does not aggregate jobs from other job boards but rather aggregates and publishes only jobs pulled directly from company web sites themselves. As a result, job listings found on LinkUp are always current, often unadvertised, and never fake.
In terms of the best and worst performing states, Montana, Colorado, Kentucky, and Tennessee fared the best, while California, New York, and Utah lost the most jobs. Combined, total job listings in those 3 states declined by over 43,000.