195,400 help wanted online ads in March
percent seek full-time workers
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[April 14, 2014]
CHICAGO — Illinois businesses
placed more than 195,400 help wanted ads on the Internet in March,
according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. More
than 85 percent sought full-time workers.
The help-wanted activity echoes other economic indicators that point to a
growing economy. Help-wanted demand has increased in 25 of the past 27 months.
The data is not seasonally adjusted.
"The help-wanted ads show Illinois'
business leaders are looking to add workers to meet current orders and
anticipated future demand," said IDES Director Jay Rowell. "These good-paying
job opportunities across our state show the progress that is being made as our
The Conference Board collects the "Help Wanted Online" data.
The Conference Board is a
global, independent business membership and research association. The data
measures new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month
on Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller, niche websites.
Statewide, the top five advertised positions in March were truck drivers,
9,944; registered nurses, 6,171; first-line supervisors of retail salespeople,
4,381; retail salespeople, 4,351; and customer service representatives, 4,038.
The most-often-sought workers also included marketing managers, 3,931; computer
systems analysts, 3,576; and Web developers, 3,423.
The median hourly wage for an Illinois truck driver is $20.57; registered
nurse, $31.34; first-line supervisors of retail salespeople, $17.03; retail
salespeople, $9.85; and customer service representatives $16,08. Typically, the
positions include some benefits, such as health insurance, paid sick days and
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Included in the data are more than 130,000 positions advertised on
IllinoisJobLink.com. IDES operates the state's hiring board. Job
seekers can build multiple resumes to emphasize different skills and
experiences. Business owners can use keyword-matching technology to
search resumes and find the best candidate. IllinoisJobLink.com is
free for workers and employers. It compares favorably with private
efforts that cost hundreds of dollars. No-cost human resources
recruitment services for employers and workers are available at the
website and at 877-342-7533.
IllinoisJobLink.com to apply for work or record other work
search efforts can ensure eligibility for current and future
unemployment insurance benefits.
Top 5 Occupations, Regions 1-10 (PDF)
Illinois Department of
file received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]