Monday, August 20, 2012

Job Front: Online postings hint at brighter outlook for would-be workers - Sacramento Bee

Don't call it a trend yet. Unemployment in the Sacramento area remains naggingly high, and competition for work is as fierce as anywhere.

But Sacramento-area employers are posting jobs at the highest level in more than four years, say labor analysts at the state's Employment Development Department.

In back-to-back months â€" June and July â€" employers posted more than 27,000 jobs online, the most since March 2008, said EDD labor analyst Heather Chamizo.

The figures were released as part of the EDD's latest Help Wanted OnLine report.

"It looks like we're moving in a positive direction and starting to do good things," Chamizo said.

"It's definitely improving, but we'll have to wait and see if it's a trend."

An early hint on local job postings came from the jobs website, which reported increases in Sacramento-area job postings in its just-released August 2012 employment outlook.

But SimplyHired tempered its findings by noting that six Sacramento-area job seekers were looking for work for every job opening posted.

The Sacramento area's jobless rate was 10.7 percent in July, down slightly from June's 10.8 percent, with government absorbing the brunt of job losses, according to the EDD.

As for postings, health care employers led the way with Dignity Health, Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente posting more than 1,700 ads combined.

Also in the mix were tech positions: computer systems analysts, computer support specialists, Web developers and computer software engineers. The four positions were responsible for more than 1,800 postings, according to Help Wanted OnLine.

That's a positive sign, Chamizo of the EDD said.

"It looks like we're seeing a lot of computer support (positions). That's good," Chamizo said. "These are high-wage jobs. That's a good thing."

How to get a state job

The California Department of Human Resources holds its next lunchtime seminar Wednesday. Job seekers at the free noon seminar at CalHR's offices, 801 Capitol Mall, will learn how to search for examinations and complete applications for employment with the state of California.

Participants will also find information on the state's Limited Examination and Appointment Program, or LEAP.

LEAP is an alternate exam program for job seekers with disabilities interested in state civil service.

For more information, visit

Job Journal holds expo

Job Journal is firming up its list of employers for its Career Expo on Tuesday in Sacramento.

Dignity Health, Heavenly Mountain Resort, CarMax, Gap Direct and Quest Diagnostics are among the employers slated to attend the free expo, noon to 4 p.m. at Sacramento Masonic Temple, 1123 J St.

Recruiters from the public and private sectors will be available at the event to meet with job seekers. Job seekers can also receive free résumé evaluations from employment experts at the event.

For more information, call Job Journal's Job Search Information Line at (888) 843-5627 or visit

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