According to the Department of Labor, there are more than 5 million open jobs in the U.S., the highest number since such statistics were first kept in 2000. Huffington Post reports that this news is good for the labor market and the overall economy. This good news does not guarantee that you can find a good job. Finding a job and managing a career is always an individual enterprise. It’s a lot easier when companies are hiring.
USA Today reports that the number of advertised jobs has fallen for two consecutive months. There are 4.7 people looking for each available job, which sounds bad until we see that the number in November 2009 was 6.3 people for every opening. The article says a “healthy” job market would have only 2 people per every opening. So what does two bad months tell us? Who knows? We are fed statistics on top of statistics until we’re sick with confusion.
My advice as always is to focus on your career and follow the 100% rule: Do you have a job? Do you have the job you want? Those are the real questions. It will take time for our national economy to recover. Focus on your career. That’s what you can control.