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Rhode Island Job Vacancy Survey 2009

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The Department of Labor and Training’s 2009 Job Vacancy Survey indicated that there were an estimated 5,948 job vacancies between May and June 2009. This translated to a job vacancy rate of 1.5 percent or one and a half job openings for every one hundred jobs filled. In comparison, there were 8,912 job vacancies reported during the same period in 2008; reflecting a vacancy rate of 2.2 percent. In 2006, the year prior to the start of the state’s current economic downtown, there were nearly 11,000 vacancies reported during this period reflecting a vacancy rate of 2.7 percent.

A little more than half (50.4%) of the 2009 estimated vacancies were for full-time jobs while 49.6 percent were part -time.

The majority (82.1%) of the vacancies were for permanent positions, while 17.9 percent were for seasonal or temporary positions.

Less than half (40.8%) of the estimated vacancies had been open for less than 30 days and 15.4 percent had been open for 60 days or longer. Employers reported that they were constantly recruiting for more than 30 percent of their vacant positions.

The majority of vacancies were for educated and experienced workers. Nearly one  third (30.7%) required a college degree (Associate or higher) and 34.3 percent required a high school diploma/GED. Less than one-quarter of the job openings had no educational requirement.

More than 60 percent (63.1%) required experience in a related position and 13.2 percent required general work experience.

Many of the vacancies provided benefits such as health insurance (45.1%), paid vacation (40.8%), retirement/pension plan (40.7%) and paid sick leave (33.1%).

If you have any questions regarding the Rhode Island Job Vacancy Survey, or would like a hard copy of this publication, please contact LMI at (401) 462-8740 or lmi@dlt.ri.gov.  

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