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Job Openings in Philadelphia County

There were 27,509 web advertised job openings in Philadelphia city in February. Job openings advertised on the web increased by 1,000 for Philadelphia City in February 2017. The number of postings:

  • increased by 1 percent compared to the previous month, January 2017.
  • decreased by 14 percent compared to a year previous, February 2016

Comparing the ratio of unemployed Philadelphians to web-advertised job openings ( a proxy for the supply of workers versus the demand), there were 1.61 unemployed persons per advertised position.

The supply and demand gap remained low given this gap was as high as 3 unemployed workers to 1 web advertised job opening. There were 44,196 unemployed Philadelphians in February 2017.

Since the beginning of the job postings series in 2010, the highest number of postings was registered in August 2012 at 35,336; the lowest number of postings was in December 2011 at 22,720 postings.

Computer and Mathematical; Management; Healthcare Practitioners; Sales and Related; Business and Financial Operations; and Office and Administrative Support occupations were the most advertised occupational families with over 2,400 postings in each group. Compared to October 2015, many of the occupational families decreased in the volume of postings. Highest decreases were in Sales and Related Occupations (23 percent), Computer and Mathematical Occupations (10 percent) and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media Occupations (20 percent).

The unadjusted HWOL data series were used in the charts and tables. The count of job postings reported in original series (and not adjusted retrospectively) may vary from the series reported in the Fast Facts publications. 

Job Openings by Major Occupational Groups

Computer and Mathematical occupations; Management, and Healthcare Practitioners had the largest number of postings – accounting for 41 percent of all jobs advertised.

Business and Financial Operations, Office and Administrative Support positions, and Sales and Related occupations accounted for another 25 percent of total openings. In February 2017.

The biggest decline in job openings by major occupation al groups was in Sales and Related Occupations. These fell by 726 postings.