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Detroit, Cleveland, Louisville, Milwaukee, Houston, Philadelphia and D.C. Show Hiring Gains

Date: February 28 2012

CARLSBAD, CA/RICHARDSON, TX (February 28, 2012) – Managerial recruitment activity picked up in February, with a gain of 12 points over last month, according to the new Employment Index. The February 2012 Index, which measures managerial hiring activity online showed a sizeable gain over the past two years, with an increase of 23.7 points over the February 2010 Index. 
Detroit (+19%), Cleveland (+16%), Louisville (+16%) and Milwaukee (+15%) were the big winners this month. Houston (+11%), Philadelphia (+12%) and Washington, D.C. (+10%) also had double-digit gains. In California, San Diego remained stable but losses were seen in Los Angeles (-7%), San Francisco (-5%) and Riverside (-5%). Baltimore also had a 5% loss in hiring activity.
“While Detroit is beginning to recover, California continues to struggle and the Western U.S. lags in both performance and degree of recovery,” says Jay Martin, COO, JobSerf.
The recession is waning in Detroit, according to Going Global, evidenced by Detroit’s falling unemployment rate and the fact that 19% of area businesses are looking to hire. Signs of an economic recovery are also on the horizon in Cleveland. Unemployment in the Cleveland metro area is 6.9%, far below the current U.S. average unemployment rate of 8.3%.
“Hiring expectations are on the upswing and the demand for talent remains competitive,” says Tony Lee, publisher, “The gloomy employment picture is starting to brighten, even amid economic uncertainty. However, managers may need to broaden their skills by acquiring additional training or education to remain employable.”
The Employment Index per capita hiring levels for U.S. cities in February are:
1.             Washington, D.C. – 158
2.             Boston – 125
3.             San Francisco – 105
4.             Seattle – 104
5.             Baltimore – 83
6.             Atlanta – 83
7.             Chicago – 77
8.             Denver – 69
9.             New York City – 69
10.          Nashville - 68
11.          Cleveland – 67
12.          Philadelphia -65
13.          Dallas – 63
14.          Houston - 62
15.          Hartford – 61
16.          Pittsburgh – 56
17.          Milwaukee – 55
18.          Minneapolis – 54
19.          Indianapolis - 53
20.          San Diego – 51
21.          Louisville - 50
22.          Cincinnati - 49
23.          St. Louis - 48
24.          Phoenix – 47
25.          Detroit – 43
26.          Los Angeles - 42
27.          Tampa – 41
28.          Miami – 41
29.          Memphis - 35
30.          Riverside – 20
The Employment Index is an exclusive barometer showing managerial hiring activity based on the number of jobs posted online nationally. The Index reveals the differences in job listings by month, and offers valuable trends and forecasts using proprietary employment data hand-counted by a team of researchers.
To read the full report and get more information on the best and worst cities to find a job, visit
About JobSerf
JobSerf, Inc. ( is a privately held Texas-based corporation that pioneered the job search outsourcing (JSO) industry with its revolutionary ‘Find & Apply’ service.   The company’s patent-pending process provides for an affordable means to both ‘find & apply’ for jobs on behalf of clients. For more information, visit the website at
About, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America, job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content, videos and blogs, and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (, where 200 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.

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