Ajsa Suljic is Employment Security’s regional labor economist for Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Garfield, Franklin and Walla Walla counties.
The number of possible job opportunities for Washington’s available workforce was about 130,200 in October 2014. The number of those jobs posted online increased by 6,600 from the same time last year.
Online job ads are best used to look at the level of demand for particular occupations, industries, skills and areas. That’s significant not only to businesses and job seekers who can guage the level of competition for jobs, but also to educational institutions who can gear their training programs toward trends in the labor market, helping bridge the gap between employers and job seekers.