’s private sector businesses had an
estimated 10,475 job vacancies in the spring of 2011. This
translates to a vacancy rate of 2.8 percent or 2.8 job openings
for every 100 jobs filled in
during the spring of 2011. In general, a higher job vacancy rate
translates to an improved chance for a
job seeker to secure employment. The 2011 data represents an
improvement over the 2010 rate of 2.2 percent, and an even
larger improvement versus the 2008 rate of 1.5 percent. As a
’s pre-recessionary vacancy rate was 2.7 percent in 2006.
• More than half (51.4%) of the 2011 estimated vacancies were for
part-time jobs, while 48.6 percent were for full-time.
• The majority (76.9%) of the vacancies were for
permanent positions, while 23.1 percent were for seasonal or
• Almost half (45.6%) of the estimated vacancies had
been open for less than 30 days and 16.6 percent had been open
for 60 days or longer. Employers reported that they were
constantly recruiting for more than 18 percent of their vacant
• The majority of vacancies
were for educated and experienced workers. More than one third
(36.6%) required a college degree (associate’s or higher) and
37.9 percent required a high school diploma/GED. Eighteen
percent of the job openings had no educational requirement.
• More than half (55.3%) required experience related to
the position and 21.2 percent required general work experience.
• Some of the vacancies provided benefits such as
health insurance (47.2%), paid vacation (47.5%),
retirement/pension plan (40.5%) and paid sick leave (36.9%).
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