Originally Published: November 8, 2015 12:20 a.m.
Between September 2014 and September 2015, the Prescott MSA region posted 3,662 jobs on average per month and recorded 3,741 average monthly hires in the same time period. The greatest quantity of hires occurred in food preparation and service occupations, office and administrative support, and sales. Top job postings in this period occurred in the transportation and moving occupations, retail sales and related jobs, healthcare practitioners and technical healthcare occupations, office and administrative support positions. The transportation, warehouse and moving sector has experienced steady growth in Prescott Valley, showing a 52% increase in jobs between 2001 and 2015, thus substantiating the need for talent and increased job postings in the sector.
In the past year, postings in particular sectors has increased dramatically, displaying a high demand for talent in these fields. This increase in job postings highlights an interesting phenomena that we are seeing across industry sectors. Employers have begun to post jobs on an increased basis in order to track talent and avoid the pitfalls of losing someone and having to wait an extended period of time before comparable skill sets are found.
Those looking for a career change or seeking to upskill may find opportunity in these top job posting sectors, as the increase in postings signifies sustained demand for someone with the skills to fill the job.
Prescott MSA Job Postings vs. Hires
Occupation Avg Monthly Postings (Sep 2014 - Sep 2015) Avg Monthly Hires (Sep 2014 - Sep 2015)
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 849 216
Sales and Related Occupations 629 472
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 521 148
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 377 542
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 270 685
Management Occupations 191 139
Healthcare Support Occupations 101 112
Personal Care and Service Occupations 83 145
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 79 198
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 78 171
Community and Social Service Occupations 67 63
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 66 89
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 64 15
Protective Service Occupations 60 77
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 54 38
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 38 23
*Source: BLS, EMSI
**The Yavapai College Regional Economic Development Center provides analysis and services that facilitate economic development throughout Yavapai County and build wealth in our local communities.