News last week from the Texas Workforce Commission shows that the unemployment rate in Texas dropped to 7.8%, the lowest rate the state has seen since July 2009. And even better news is that Texas has now experienced positive job growth for the last 20 consecutive months, with annual growth rates at or above 2% for the last seven months. All good news for Texans, especially those who are unemployed. And again, this state jobs report got us thinking about job trends in Texas, though from a bit different angle.
Last time we talked about the top eight most frequently posted jobs found in WorkInTexas.com, but in no particular order. This time, we looked at the top 10 most frequently posted jobs found in WorkInTexas.com, in rank order (1-10), and compared that to the top 10 most frequently posted jobs on any website (where the jobsite was in Texas), in rank order. The idea being to try and understand what employers come to the Texas workforce system for versus what they go to the universe for. The results are interesting. Below is a comparison of those two lists, with the overall percent of jobs each category represents.
This is not to say that WorkInTexas.com can’t help with any type of job search; it can. As you can see the WorkInTexas.com top 10 makes up about 75% of the total jobs posted, but when you’re talking 100,000+ total jobs, that’s still 25,000 other jobs not accounted for above (the top 10 for anywhere on the web makes up about 87%). But, understanding what online job search tools can offer you and which might be a better fit for your needs is key to finding a job or recruiting for one. The more you know, the more efficient you’ll be and the less likely you are to be disappointed in the results you get from those tools.