October 4, 2012 – Simply Hired, a search engine for jobs and recruitment advertising network, has reported a 5.6 percent increase in nationwide job openings in September and an 8.7 percent increase year-over-year. This marks the fourth time in five months that the economy has seen growth in job openings. Nationwide job competition held steady at a ratio of three unemployed persons for every one job opening. These findings are part of Simply Hired’s October 2012 Employment Outlook, which highlights the job industry and employer trends in national and regional U.S. markets. “Although the economic growth is slow, our nation is continuing to see an improved outlook in job openings,” said Gautam Godhwani, co-founder and CEO of Simply Hired. “Retail employers across the nation are anticipating a slight growth in sales this holiday season compared to last year, and seasonal hiring efforts are picking up to reflect this optimism.” Job openings increased in 48 out of 50 major metro areas. Hartford & New Haven (8.8 percent) and New York (8.3 percent) had the largest gains in September. Only Milwaukee (-2.0 percent) and Minneapolis (-1.8 percent) saw job openings decrease. Metro area job competition remains steady for job seekers in 47 out of 50 major metros; Seattle & Tacoma, Tampa & St. Petersburg and Raleigh & Durham were the only areas to experience increased competition. Job openings in 12 out of 18 industries increased in September. While healthcare-related companies continue to be the nation’s top hiring, the retail industry (16.0 percent) showed the largest amount of growth.