A recent New York Times article revealed that while the national unemployment rate is still dismal, job-posting numbers have gone up.
Job search engine site Simply Hired reported postings rose more than 50 percent last year over 2009; they increased almost 70 percent in December of last year over December 2009.
While these numbers are hopeful, job postings don’t always guarantee there is a job to be filled—a company posting a job can always decide not to hire someone after all or not find someone with the skills they need among the applicants.
Experts disagree on whether the latest hiring news is good or not; almost half of unemployed workers have been out of work for six months or more. Others point out that while workers in more rural areas may be out of luck, those in metropolitan cities have more options available to them. Residents in cities such as Washington, D.C.,West Palm Beach, Baltimore, Boston, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Oklahoma City, and the San Francisco Bay Area have a much better chance of landing work with more job-postings present in their area.
What do you think? Is the rise in job-postings a good sign for the unemployed? Or does it mean little when compared to current unemployment numbers?