JobsInRI.com’s State Employment Index: Manufacturing and Sales Show Job Growth During September

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JobsInRI.com each month compiles employment numbers based on the web site traffic. These numbers include statistics on job openings and industry specific employment information. This information gives an overview of the employment scene in Rhode Island.

JobsInRI.com is one of the largest Internet job sites in the state. With more than 800 jobs being posted and just under 100,000 unique visits each month, we are in an advantageous position to monitor and report on the employment trends within the state. The JobsInRI.com Jobs Index is a monthly statistical summary of the data compiled.

The Index identifies key trends based on job openings posted, searches performed by job seekers and key metrics from the web site. Taken together, they offer a unique perspective into the key trends for employment in Rhode Island.

Job Trends:

The following are the significant trends for the month of September 2005:

  • The number of job openings during this month is 555.
  • A majority of the new job openings posted during September were in the counties of Providence (45% of all job openings), Washington (13%), Newport (11%) and Kent (8%).
  • Job openings activity covered a number of job types:
  • Health Care (15.4% of all job openings, down from 25% in August)
  • Social Services (8.1%)
  • Sales (8.0%)
  • Non-Profit (7.6%)
  • Manufacturing (6.1%)
  • Clerical (5.7%)
  • Customer Support (4.7%)
  • Fifty-nine percent of the job openings were from companies with fewer than 50 employees
  • Companies with >500 employees accounted for 8% of the total
  • Seventy-five percent of the job openings during September were for full-time positions, up nearly 5% from August.
  • 21% were part-time
  • 4% were contract or per diem

Job Search Trends:

The following are the significant trends for the month of September 2005:

  •     The number of qualified searches (job seeker used specific parameters to search for a position) was 31,713 – up 5% from August.
  • The top job categories searched by job seekers were:
  • Clerical (9.9% of all qualified searches)
  • Health Care (9.7%--up 7% from July)
  • Customer Support (5.5%)
  • Accounting (4.7%)
  • Hotel/Restaurant (4.2%)
  • Arts (4.2%)
  • Advertising/Marketing (4.1%)
  • Banking/Finance (4.0%)
  • IT (3.8%)
  • Thirty-three percent of the qualified searches also contained a geographic preference:
  • Providence County (53% of qualified searches)
  • Kent County (17%)
  • Washington & Bristol counties (11%)
  • A majority of the job seekers prefer to look for positions within close proximity to their homes. The commuting preference for job seekers was:
  • 1-30 miles - 63%
  • 31-40 miles - 18%
  • > 40 miles - 19%

Web Site Trends:

JobsInRI.com had 93,248 unique visits for the month. We see average time per visit of 9 minutes, 2 seconds, well above industry averages. During an average visit, a job seeker will download 6 pages.

About JobsInTheUS.com

Founded in 1999 and privately owned, JobsInTheUS.com is the parent company of the fastest-growing local job Internet sites – both in terms of unique visits to the Web sites and number of jobs posted: JobsinME.com with more than 340,000 unique visits monthly and more than 7,000 job postings in Maine; JobsinNH.com with more than 180,000 unique visits monthly and over 3,700 job postings in New Hampshire; JobsinVT.com with close to 80,000 unique visits monthly and over 1,300 job openings in Vermont; and JobsInRI.com with nearly 95,000 unique visits monthly and nearly 800 job postings in Rhode Island. Headquartered in Westbrook, Maine, the company specializes in state-specific job Internet sites where qualified candidates who want to work in a particular region find a match with local employers at a lower cost for employers than other recruiting methods.

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