Real estate job postings slump

Job postings continued to climb in May; the industries tracked by Indeed’s Industry Employment Trends increased by a combined average of 4% since April.

Job postings increased over the month in all but one industry, real estate. Job postings in this underperforming industry declined 3% since April, 16% over the last quarter, and 11% in the last year.

Despite recent declines in real estate, construction job postings increased 5% in May – the industry’s fourth consecutive month-over-month gain. The most popular keywords used to search for jobs in the construction industry last month were construction, welder, and electrician.

Job seeker clicks – a measure of labor interest – on construction jobs reached 5,826,5126 in May. This represents a 21% increase in clicks compared to a year ago and a 2% increase over the prior month. The three job titles that received the most job seeker clicks were project manager, project coordinator, and laborer.

Quarterly growth

Transportation and manufacturing had the largest percentage increase in job postings over the prior quarter at 33% and 20% respectively.

Hospitality job postings increased 15% quarter-over-quarter as the industry entered the summer travel season. Summer job trends and search ideas are highlighted in our recent summer job search post.

May 2011 Industry Employment Trends

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