Last week, we reported on hiring demand in Midland, Texas, the metropolitan area with the lowest unemployment rate. We saw that hiring demand had actually decreased over the past 90 days when compared to the same 90-day period in 2012. Today, we wanted to see if cities with high unemployment are also declining, or if they follow a different trend. The metro area with the highest unemployment (as of the most recent BLS reports in March 2013) is Yuma, Arizona. Here, the unemployment rate is currently 26%, much higher than the national rate of 7.6%. Over the past 90 days, there were approximately 3,900 jobs available online. While Midland saw a decline in demand, this is actually a 5.6% year-over-year increase versus the same 90-day time period last year. Demand in Yuma reached a peak in October of last year, but then declined drastically in the last 2 months of the year, and has been fairly steady since the beginning of 2013.
Hiring Demand in Yuma, Arizona – 4 Year Hiring Trend
The 5 industries with the most demand in Yuma, AZ over the past 90 days were:
- Other General Government Support
- Administration of Human Resource Programs (except Education, Public Health, and Veterans' Affairs Programs)
- General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload
- Medical Laboratories
- Elementary and Secondary Schools
All of the industries listed above experienced year-over-year growth. Government Support organizations not only posted the most ads in the past 90 days, but also had the highest percentage increase. While there was just 1 ad posted online during this 90-day time frame last year, this year saw more than 120 ads.
Some of the occupational fields with the most job ads in the past 90 days were Truck Drivers, Registered Nurses, First-line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers, Retail Sales, and Supervisors of Food Preparation Workers. Of these 5 fields, 3 declined in demand compared to last year: RN's, Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers, and Retail Salespersons. The unique job titles that are most commonly advertised are listed below.
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Registered Nurse
- Owner Operator
- Sales Representative
- Store Manager
- Customer Service Representative
- Store Associate
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