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Where the Jobs Are

University Business, September 2012

You might not know it when you recall all the faculty and staff layoffs of recent years, but according to a new report, the number of jobs in higher education continues to grow faster than overall U.S. employment. An analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data by finds that the number of jobs in higher education grew 2.1 percent during Q2 2012, compared to growth of 1.4 percent for all U.S. jobs. A year earlier in Q2 2011, the number of higher education jobs grew 2.2 percent, compared to overall job growth of 1.0 percent. The report also indicates that colleges and universities are beginning to focus more on hiring full-time faculty over part-time faculty. Job ads for full-time faculty jumped 18.3 percent during Q2 2012, while posts for part-time faculty were relatively flat, increasing only 1.3 percent.