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Job openings were up 8 percent nationally in January compared with the same period a year ago, but openings were up 15 percent in Atlanta, according to a company that operates one of the world’s largest job search engines.
In its latest update on the growth in job openings, Simply Hired said Atlanta ranked No. 4 in largest gains between December and January, up 3.3 percent. Atlanta followed West Palm Beach ( up 6 percent); Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., (4.2 percent); and Las Vegas (4.1 percent). The study showed there were three unemployed people for every one job opening on average.
Simply Hired spokeswoman Sara Lee said the data is taken from a database of more than 8 million job openings. The top hiring companies locally were WellStar Health System, Piedmont Healthcare, Northside Hospital, Emory University and Great Clips, according to Simply Hired.
The state Labor Department does not track job openings, but said there were 2.37 million jobs in metro Atlanta in December – 37,400 more than in December a year ago.
The job opening findings are among the latest indicators that show people looking for work are finding more openings as the economy gradually improves and companies feel more confident about adding to their payrolls.
The U.S. Labor Department reported Friday that hiring was much stronger at the end of last year that previously thought, and that employers added 157,000 jobs in January. The estimated job gains for November were revised upward to 247,000 from 161,000, and to 196,000 from 155,000 for December .
The January unemployment rate, however, rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December.
Simply Hired President and CEO James Beriker said job openings rose in January despite the traditional downsizing that followed temporary hiring the holiday season. “January marks the eighth time in nine months that we have seen an increase in nationwide job openings,” he said.
The biggest jump in job openings was in agriculture (21 percent), personal care and services (17.6 percent and technology (13.7 percent). Non-profits and the legal community saw the largest drop in job openings, down 30 percent and 22.6 percent, respectively.
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