Lebanon, NH (PRWEB) June 30, 2014
StartWire, America’s #1 job search organizer, today released the May 2014 Job Seeker Confidence Index, reflecting an increase in overall job seeker confidence, with significant growth among job seekers in the Manufacturing and Production sectors.
The Manufacturing and Production sectors showed a +6.33 spike in optimism as the index climbed from 48.06 to 54.39 in May. Since 2010, manufacturers nationwide added 646,000 jobs, a rate of growth twice that of the rest of the economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"Manufacturing jobs continue to grow at a good rate, as consumer and business spending increases. This gain will help support the U.S. economy even after a weak start to the year," said Chris Forman, CEO of StartWire. "While we are still bouncing back from decreased manufacturing job levels, as a result of the Great Recession, we are seeing a big boost in confidence levels from job seekers looking for manufacturing positions."
The May 2014 Job Seeker Confidence Index now stands at 52.36, up from 50.63 in April. The index sits on a scale of 0 – 100, with scores greater than 50 indicating a strong belief amongst job seekers that they will find a job within the next 45 days.
The Job Seeker Confidence Index for other industries from April 2014 to May 2014 includes:
· Healthcare/Biotech/Pharmaceutical: 53 (4.54 increase)
· Engineering/ Technology: 48.11 (3.09 decrease)
· Admin/ Clerical: 48.4 (4.36 increase)
StartWire’s Job Seeker Confidence Index data is released monthly and can be accessed at http://www.startwire.com/jsci.
About The Job Seeker Confidence Index
StartWire’s Job Search Confidence Index is a monthly indicator designed to measure job seeker confidence, adding data-driven metrics to the national debate on the economy and labor market. Derived from an analysis of a monthly, national survey, the index sits on a scale of 0 – 100, with scores greater than 50 indicating a strong belief amongst job seekers that they will find a job within the next 45 days – and a score below 50 indicating the opposite.
StartWire is America’s #1 job search organizer with more than 3 million members. Job seekers across the US turn to StartWire to close the “resume black hole” by receiving automatic status updates from thousands of employers. Since its inception, StartWire has received rave reviews and coverage in US News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, TechCrunch, Mashable, ERE, and Human Resource Executive. StartWire is headquartered near Dartmouth College in Lebanon, NH. For more information, visit http://www.startwire.com.