JobsInNH's State Employment Index: October Unique Visits Reach All-time High Record

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The web site releases a monthly state employment index which gives a snapshot view at the state's current job situation. This month unique visits were very high on the Web site which could mean an increase in employment activity. is the largest Internet job site in the state. With nearly 2,400 jobs being posted each month and more than 100,000 searches being done, we are in an advantageous position to monitor and report on the employment trends within the state with data available on a county level. The 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 New Hampshire.

Web Site Trends: had 199,607 unique visits for the month, up 10% from September and reflecting the highest number of unique visits on record for the site. Time per visit decreased slightly at 9.75 minutes per visit. During an average visit, a job seeker will download 9.4 pages.

Job Trends:

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

    The number of job openings during this month (2,351) is down slightly (4%) from September, but slightly above the 3rd Quarter average and up 44% from the 2nd Quarter average. There is general strength in many areas of the state and across many industries.

    A majority of the new job openings during October were in Rockingham County (35% of all jobs posted), Hillsborough County (21%) and Strafford County (16%).

    Job openings activity covered a number of job types:

    Manufacturing (20.6% of all jobs posted)

    Construction (9.6%)

    Customer Support (6.7%)

    Clerical (6.6%)

    Healthcare (6.4%)

    Sales (6.3%)

    Technical (4.2%)

    Fifty-three percent of the job openings posted were from companies with fewer than 50 employees – down slightly from last month.

    Companies with more than 500 employees accounted for less than 5% of the total, essentially the same trend as last month.

    Eighty-seven percent of the job openings during October were for full-time positions, up 9% from September.

    10% were part-time

    3 % were contract or per diem

Job Search Trends:

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

    The number of qualified searches (job seeker used specific parameters to search for a position) was 98,955--up 9% from September.

    The top job categories searched by job seekers were:    Healthcare (8.1% of all qualified searches)

    Clerical (7.9%)

    Accounting (7.6%)

    IT positions (5.4%)

    Manufacturing (5.2%)

    Customer Support (4.8%)

    Thirty-nine percent of the qualified searches also contained a geographic preference:

    Rockingham County (31.2% of qualified searches)

    Hillsborough (20.3%)

    Strafford (16.4%)

    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 - 56%

    31-40 miles - 20%

        > 40 miles - 24%


Founded in 1999 and privately owned, 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: with more than 400,000 unique visits monthly and more than 6,000 job postings in Maine; with nearly 200,000 unique visits monthly and over 3,300 job postings in New Hampshire; with more than 90,000 unique visits monthly and over 1,300 job openings in Vermont; and with more than 96,000 unique visits monthly and nearly 850 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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