The Department of Labor report for May will be released this Friday, and if LinkUp’s data is any indication, the jobs market is showing clear signs of improving. Granted, the numbers are still quite bleak, but they are a far cry from the abysmal numbers LinkUp reported in April. In May, new job listings on LinkUp declined by 7% to 522,000, and total job listings dropped by 2% to 891,000. (In April, the declines were 20% and 5% respectively). Even more encouraging than the slowing rate of decline is the fact that 9 states actually showed and increase in new job listings and 15 states showed an increase in the total number of job listings.
LinkUp, one of the leading job search engines in the country, indexes job listings found on only on company web sites (18,356 company sites in May). Unlike other job search engines such as Indeed or Simplyhired, LinkUp does not aggregate jobs from other job boards but rather aggregates and publishes only jobs pulled directly from company web sites themselves. As a result, job listings found on LinkUp are always current, often unadvertised, and never fake.
In terms of the best and worst performing states, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Ohio added the most new job listings, while Washington, Maryland, and Illinois experienced the largest declines in new job listings. Combined, total job listings in those 3 states declined by roughly 14,000 job listings. In April, the worst 3 states combined for a total job listing decline of over 43,000.