215,000 job openings online in December
earnings between $10 and $48 an hour
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[January 25, 2014]
CHICAGO — In December, employers
advertised online for more than 215,000 individual job openings,
according to the Conference Board and the Illinois Department of
Employment Security. Ninety-two percent of the advertisements were
for full-time work.
The advertising reflects help-wanted activity for newly created and replacement
positions. The actual number of openings exceeds 215,000 because some
industries, such as construction, do not typically advertise online.
number of job openings show that Illinois employers are ready to hire if they
can find the right candidate," said IDES Director Jay Rowell. "A skills gap
created by the Great Recession and the willingness of job candidates to
negotiate for higher wages are likely explanations for so many unfilled job
Statewide, the five top advertised positions in August were truck drivers,
6,729; registered nurses, 6,219; retail sales workers, 5,862; first-line
supervisors of retail sales workers, 4,799; and marketing managers, 4,666. The
median hourly wage for a truck driver is $20.57; registered nurse, $31.34;
retail sales worker, $9.85; first-line supervisor of retail sales worker,
$17.03; and marketing manager, $48.78. Typically, the positions include some
benefits, such as health insurance and vacation.
Individuals can use IllinoisJobLink.com to apply for these positions. 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, the state's hiring
board, is operated by IDES and is free for workers and employers. It compares
favorably with private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars. No-cost human
resources recruitment services are available at the website and at 877-342-7533.
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IllinoisJobLink.com to apply for jobs or record other job search
efforts can help ensure ongoing eligibility for current and future unemployment
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.
Online Data for Economic Development Regions - December 2013
Illinois Department of
file received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]