Healthcare jobs rise while other industries sink

While labor demand across all industries dipped for the sixth consecutive month, healthcare practitioners and technical workers posted the largest increases in online job postings in November, according to the latest numbers by research association The Conference Board.

Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations posted 23,300 more jobs for a total of 529,900 listings, compared to 506,600 job advertisements in October. November's increases are largely attributed to advertisements for physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and physician assistants, according to The Conference Board Press release Wednesday.

In this occupational category, the number of advertised vacancies outnumbered job seekers 2.6 to one, suggesting a strong demand. Based on October's data, there are 315,000 more job openings than unemployed.

As a barometer on the overall state of employment, The Conference Board data indicate total jobs across industries dropped by 76,200 in November to a total of 3,857,200, compared to a dip of 14,000 in October and 44,000 in September. That means there were 3.5 unemployed persons for every online advertised vacancy in October, the latest monthly data available for unemployment.

"The November decline in labor demand, following on the heels of the drops for the previous five months, is not good news for the labor market," The Conference Board Vice President June Shelp said. Occupation in industries, including management, business and finance, and computers and math were not immune from the downturn.

For more information:
- read the press release
- check out the overall data (xls.)

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