Job Front: Online ads strong for office, computer, medical positions

Published: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Online demand for retail workers waned slightly in December as the short winter shopping season wound down, but it remained strong for office, computer and medical workers heading into the new year, according to the state Employment Development Department’s monthly Help Wanted Online report.

Indeed, a couple of familiar names – Toys R Us and Macy’s – ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, in October’s report – dropped off the list, replaced by staffing firm Deloitte and Xerox.

Still, employers posted more than 1,500 job ads for retail salespersons and supervisors, good enough for second and third on December’s top 10.

Registered nurses continue to lead demand. Approximately 1,140 ads were posted for the profession, according to the December report, as health networks Sutter Health, Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente maintained their spots atop the list of employers with the most job ads.

And with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, health networks are seeking medical and health services managers – those who supervise departments or clinics, oversee compliance and monitor quality of care. Employers posted nearly 400 online ads for medical and health services managers, according to the EDD’s December report.

But employers also continue to call for workers in a variety of fields, posting ads online for customer-service representatives, computer support specialists and systems analysts, tractor-trailer drivers and first-line office and administrative-support supervisors.

Although the total numbers of Sacramento-area online job posts have fallen from the high of 30,000 listings in June 2013 – about 25,000 online posts were recorded regionally in December’s report – the percentage of unemployed in the Sacramento region also continues to fall.

Preliminary figures from the EDD show the Sacramento region’s jobless rate at 7.6 percent for December, down from 8 percent in November, and nearly a half-point lower than California’s 8.3 percent unemployment rate.

Beyond the EDD’s online report, state employment officials also reported other month-to-month gains for the Sacramento region, including strong performances in leisure and hospitality industries, which led month-over-month gains with 2,300 jobs added to area payrolls.

Hires in professional, scientific and technical services added 1,100 jobs to the professional and business services segment in December compared to November – an increase the EDD says is the largest November-to-December jump since 1997.

Meanwhile, construction, normally a segment in hibernation during the winter months, shedding an average of 1,700 jobs month-over-month, added 700 jobs in December.

Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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