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June 5, 2013

As the economy improves, the employment outlook becomes increasingly positive in San Diego County. The following figure compares the number of job postings to the number of people unemployed in the region. It suggests that if every job ad were filled, the unemployment gap would close. Keep in mind, though, that these numbers only reflect online job postings. There are plenty of companies that do not put job ads online as part of their recruitment process.


Source:“Recent Job Ads for San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos MSA. April 2013.” Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division; Help Wanted Online from The Conference Board and WANTED Technologies.

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For a more detailed look at the breakdown of these job postings, the following lists the occupations with the most ads and their corresponding median hourly wage. In terms of online postings, the Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector has the most demand for new hires. 

Occupations with the Most Job Ads

Hot Job Highlight: Financial Services

According to the San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ) article, “Accounting and Finance Jobs in Demand as Economy Rebounds,” companies are growing and investing more in a skilled workforce. Within the past year, Eastridge Group of Staffing Cos. has seen a 37 percent increase in the number of accounting-related job placements. Employers are fighting for the best accounting college graduates as a third of the candidates receive multiple offers and counteroffers. New grads earn an average of $50,000 starting off, and those with five to six years of experience in public accounting earn about $85,000 to $95,000 a year. The demand for skilled accounting and finance applicants has increased so much that employers are now looking outside of the region to fill these positions. 

Looking for career ideas? Visit SDWP’s Career Coach for local labor market information. 

All information has been compiled by Tina Ngo, Research Manager, San Diego Workforce Partnership.

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