eQuest today announced its employment findings for June 2012 as published in its Employment Index, which can be viewed in its entirety at:
The United States eQuest Employment Index showed a slight decrease for the month of June falling from 106.31 to 106.06. The June decline was the result of a small decrease in overall job postings being offset by more job seekers in the marketplace. Healthcare and Biotech led all industries with the highest indices. The Government industry was again the industry with the largest move down in the overall index rankings.
The top three Industries in the Unites States for overall job posting volume in June were Healthcare, Energy and Biotech. Production and manufacturing-based industries continue to occupy the bottom of the Employment Index driven by a continued lack of a significant number of new positions being added to the marketplace and a consistent level of higher applicant traffic. Geographically, all states had relatively stagnant index change over the month but the largest posting numbers were within states already showing favorable hiring conditions. The states with the highest hiring demand in June were New Mexico, Washington and Idaho while Missouri, Mississippi and Alabama continued to show the lowest demand indices.
The United Kingdom had another small downturn in June due to a reduction in job postings with continued steady applicant response rates into the summer months. The net result of these effects was a decrease in the UK Index from 98.03 to 97.79. Index values continue to vary widely in the UK ranging from 116.61 in better regions to 80.05 at the lower end of the spectrum. Eden, East Devon and Ryedale again posted the highest overall demand values while Nottingham, Kingston upon Hull and Liverpool continued a more than year long position at the bottom of the regional list for candidate demand. Even during several months of an overall UK downturn London continued to show better than average signs of growth with steady job volumes and reasonable applicant traffic.