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Job Openings in Philadelphia County

There were 28,630 web advertised job openings in Philadelphia city in August.  Job openings advertised on the web increased by more than 600 for Philadelphia city in August 2017. The number of postings:

  • decreased by 1 percent compared to the previous month, July 2017
  • decreased by 3 percent compared to a year previous, August 2016

Comparing the ratio of unemployed Philadelphians to web-advertised job openings (a proxy for the supply of workers versus the demand), there were 1.65 unemployed persons per advertised position.

The supply and demand gap remained low given this gap was as high as three unemployed workers to one web advertised job opening. There were 47,133 unemployed Philadelphians in June 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 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 August 2017.

The biggest decline in job openings by major occupational groups was in Sales and related occupations. These fell by 726 postings.