St. Louis, Tampa and Indianapolis Show Hiring Gains in September, Reports New CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index

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Managerial recruitment activity took a slide of 10.1 points in September.

CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index

"The stabilization of hiring activity over the past year and a half is a positive sign that the nation is pulling out of the recession," says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com.

Managerial recruitment activity took a slide of 10.1 points in September, nearly wiping out the 11.1 point hiring gain achieved last month, according to the new CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index. The Index, which measures managerial hiring activity online, has remained stable over the past year and is 35.1 points higher than it was in September 2009.

Cities active in the automobile industry were the biggest gainers in managerial hiring this month. St. Louis, Indianapolis and Detroit all added white-collar jobs in September. The automotive industry has added nearly 60,000 jobs from a year ago, and over 125,000 since bottoming out in July 2009, with September serving as the latest positive month for employment growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

“The auto comeback can be seen in the per capita hiring increases in cities with major Big 3 plants and suppliers,” says JobSerf CEO Jay Martin. “Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Nashville and Louisville have had a 41% higher increase than the rest of the nation compared to January 2010, and Detroit’s per capita hiring improved an impressive 98% higher than the average for the nation.”

St. Louis was the big winner with a 7% rise in hiring activity. Tampa saw an increase of 4% and Indianapolis rose 3%. Seattle was the big loser, with a 13% loss of hiring activity. This mirrors Seattle’s rising unemployment rate, which hit 7.7 percent in August.

For the most part, monthly hiring activity remained under the 100-point mark from 2008 through 2010. During 2011 through September of 2012, hiring activity has topped the 100-point mark in all but three months.

"The stabilization of hiring activity over the past year and a half is a positive sign that the nation is pulling out of the recession," says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. "Although the Index has had some minor ups and downs over the summer, it has generally remained stable, which is a positive sign that we are moving in the right direction."

The CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index per capita hiring levels for U.S. cities in September are:

1.    Washington, D.C. – 168
2.    Boston – 154
3.    San Francisco – 119
4.    Chicago – 102
5.    Baltimore - 99
6.    Seattle – 98
7.    Atlanta - 97
8.    Denver – 88
9.    Dallas - 87
10.    Nashville - 86
11.    New York City – 85
12.    Houston – 79
13.    Philadelphia – 78
14.    Hartford – 71
15.    Pittsburgh - 70
16.    Indianapolis – 69
17.    Minneapolis – 67
18.    Louisville - 65
19.    St. Louis - 64
20.    San Diego - 64
21.    Cleveland – 64
22.    Cincinnati – 61
23.    Phoenix – 60
24.    Milwaukee– 60
25.    Tampa – 55
26.    Los Angeles – 54
27.    Miami - 52
28.    Detroit – 51
29.    Memphis - 48
30.    Riverside – 26

The CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index is an exclusive barometer showing managerial hiring activity based on the number of jobs posted online nationally. The Index reveals the differences in job listings by month, and offers valuable trends and forecasts using proprietary employment data hand-counted by a team of researchers.

To read the full report and get more information on the best and worst cities to find a job, visit http://www.careercast.com/career-news/september-2012-auto-manufacturing-cities-have-hiring-growth-nation-slows.

About JobSerf
JobSerf, Inc. (http://www.jobserf.com) is a privately held Texas-based corporation that pioneered the job search outsourcing (JSO) industry with its revolutionary ‘Find & Apply’ service. The company’s patent-pending process provides for an affordable means to both ‘find & apply’ for jobs on behalf of clients. For more information, visit the website at http://www.jobserf.com.

About CareerCast.com
CareerCast.com, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America, job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content, videos and blogs, and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. CareerCast.com also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (http://www.jobsrated.com), where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.

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Editor’s Note: Please include a link to http://www.careercast.com/career-news/september-2012-auto-manufacturing-cities-have-hiring-growth-nation-slow s. Historical hiring data is available upon request.

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