The Philadelphia region had the fourth-highest growth in job openings among 10 large metropolitan areas in April, behind Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago, according to a new report from career and recruiting site Glassdoor.
The region’s 105,523 job openings — up 1.4 percent from a year ago, and compared with a 0.4 percent decline nationally — put it ahead of mid-Atlantic competitors New York and Washington.
The inaugural edition of Glassdoor’s Job Market Report was released Tuesday.
“What this month’s Glassdoor Job Market Report shows is yet another clear sign pointing towards a slowdown in the labor market. This isn’t a cause for alarm, but it is a splash of cold water on the labor market compared to the blazing job growth we saw through most of 2018,” Daniel Zhao, Glassdoor senior economist said, about the national trend.
In a statement accompanying the report, Zhao said, “Job openings are like a ‘crystal ball’ into employer expectations.
“Employers can open or close job postings instantly in response to fast-changing economic trends or world events,” Zhao said. “However, it can take weeks or even months to hire or lay off workers in response to changes in the economy or other news.”
In terms of pay, the Philadelphia region did not fare as well among Glassdoor’s 10 metro areas. Median base pay was $56,625, up 1.6 percent, but third from the bottom on both counts.
The Philadelphia jobs with the biggest percentage increases in pay were bartender (up 9.8 percent to $38,239), pharmacy technician (up 7.7 percent to $30,327), and material handler (up 5.1 percent to $39,030).