In my third installment of the I’ve Been Laid Off series, I’d like to share some numbers that came out this week. The Conference Board, which sends out a monthly Help-wanted On-Line Data Series, released the data for January.
Office/Administrative Support Personnel Being Hit Hard
According to The Conference Board’s January statistics, Office/Administrative Support personnel have the 2nd highest unemployment rate (behind Sales), and the 2nd highest drop in the number of new job ads since January ’08 (behind management).
So, if you were wondering if it’s just you, don’t worry, it’s not. Our occupation is being hit particularly hard by this recession. I always sort of considered this field as at least somewhat recession proof. I guess I’ve been proved entirely wrong.
What Does This Mean For Us?
These statistics mean that there is going to be even more competition for fewer jobs than we even thought. You may need to look in more unconventional places for work rather than just the job ads. In my next post in this series, I’ll look at some of the other areas of job search possibilities.