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More tech, government jobs come online as recession eases

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The number of online job postings in August rose 1.6 points from July, a modest increase but an indication that there is continued growth in job posting activity, according to a recent survey.

The number of online job postings in August rose 1.6 points from July, a modest increase but an indication that there is continued growth in job posting activity, according to a recent survey.

Major metro areas such as San Francisco, Boston and Los Angeles saw the largest increase in managerial jobs posted online, according to the CareerCast JobSerf Employment Index, which measures managerial recruitment activity across the U.S.

Compared to July, Boston rose 26 percent in August on a per capita basis, Los Angeles rose 24% percent and San Francisco rose 20 percent.

Other cities with notable improvement in August were Miami (23 percent), Atlanta (20 percent), Houston (19 percent), Tampa (14 percent), and D.C. (11 percent).

"These gains confirm a rebound in high tech and government hiring," JobSerf chairman Jay Martin said.

Riverside, Memphis and Detroit remained the bottom three cities, showing no growth from July to August.

The Northeast, Southeast and Midwest regions all showed growth month-over-month, with the Northeast and Southeast showing levels higher than at the start of the economic downturn.

The Southwest and West regions showed negative growth from July to August.

C-level, VP and Director-Level positions all increased, while managers showed a small decrease. Overall, C-level jobs were most prevalent; after that, directors, then VPs, then managers.

"The hiring demand for senior-level jobs is recovering faster than the demand for mid-level management jobs," Martin said. "This can be partly attributed to a catching up in the backlog of senior positions that were not filled during the downturn, and growth of high tech and smaller companies, which have a greater percentage of positions with executive titles."

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