Sacramento-area firms are posting more positions than this time last year, according to Bay Area employment tracker Simply Hired.
The firm in Sunnyvale reported last week in its U.S. Employment Outlook that Sacramento employers placed nearly 52,000 jobs on its website in July a 2.4 percent increase month-to-month and a 24 percent boost year-over-year.
The year-over-year jump far exceeded the 9 percent leap in Simply Hired's 2012 report, but Sacramento's place among the top 50 U.S. metropolitan areas remained unchanged from last year, at No. 20.
The 24 percent year-over-year increase in the Sacramento area outpaced the outlook's national figures. Job posts increased nationally by 22.5 percent year-over-year on solid gains in transportation and real estate.
Meantime, postings increased in 40 of the 50 top metro areas identified in the employment outlook.
"We continue to see industries like health care actively seeking candidates, as well as growth in transportation and real estate," said James Beriker, Simply Hired's president and chief executive officer, in a statement announcing the report.
Indeed, health care remained the top posting industry in the outlook, with health care networks accounting for a full one-third of top-posting companies.
Health care employers took the lead spot in seven of the nation's top 25 metropolitan areas, according to the outlook.
Those includes the Sacramento area, where online postings continue to be dominated by the area's health care networks and where Sutter Health and Dignity Health placed No. 1 and 2 with a combined 1,600 postings.
Simply Hired analyzes employment trends monthly, tracking traffic on its site and federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
How to get a state job
Learn how to apply for employment with the state of California at a free noon workshop Wednesday in Sacramento.
The California Department of Human Resources continues its free lunchtime seminars detailing the state civil service hiring process at the state Personnel Board offices, 801 Capitol Mall.
Participants will learn how to search for examinations and job vacancies, complete applications and find examination scores.
Seating is limited.
For more information, visit CalHR at www.jobs.ca.gov.
Ask the expert
Terri Carpenter, spokeswoman with the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, will answer your questions at www.sacbee.com/personalfinanceblog.
Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.