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Q: Internet Job Seekers - Statistics ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Internet Job Seekers - Statistics
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: firstrte-ga
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Posted: 15 Mar 2006 12:24 PST
Expires: 14 Apr 2006 13:24 PDT
Question ID: 707688
What percentage of internet users in the U.S. are job seekers visiting
job related web sites on a regular basis?

According to Nielsen, Net Ratings (Nielsen//NR) there were over 202
Million internet users as of Dec, 2005

I had a statistic that stated that 30% of the internet users in the
U.S. regularly visited job related websites (Internet Business
Networks Electronic Recruiting Index, 2005).  I have NOT been able to
resubstantiate that number.
Subject: Re: Internet Job Seekers - Statistics
Answered By: umiat-ga on 15 Mar 2006 13:33 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello, firstrte-ga! 

 While I was unable to replicate the statistics you mentioned, I did
find some others that should be helpful!

Most recent statistics - 2005

From "The Majority of Job-Seekers Still Use Newspapers Over the
Internet, According to a New Report." Dec. 21, 2005

"Despite the proliferation of online job boards, three out of four
job-seekers still use newspapers to look for employment, according to
a report released today by The Conference Board, the global research
and business membership organization."

"The Internet was not far behind, with three out of five job-seekers
using the Internet."

"The report is based on a nationally representative sample of 5000
households surveyed monthly for The Conference Board Consumer
Confidence Index and was conducted on behalf of The Conference Board
by TNS."

"Newspapers are still the most common method of looking for a job in
three of the four major regions across the U.S. and in all but the top
income group. The Western U.S. is the only area of the country where
the Internet topped newspapers among those seeking jobs. An impressive
63 percent of job searchers 55 years and older in the Western U.S.
reported searching the Internet, while just 36 percent of this age
group did so in the Southern U.S."


"The vast majority of recent job seekers who used the Internet did so
by reading help-wanted ads posted online (88 percent), and nearly 60
percent submitted a resume/application online. Almost 50 percent of
job searchers are researching potential employers on the Internet.
While 43 percent posted a resume with an online search service, just
over a third signed up for email notifications of job listings."


While the following article does not provide percentages, it is still
quite interesting. Please see the article for user demographics:

From "The Score: Looking for Jobs Online," By comScore Media Metrix.
February 23, 2006.

"A recent comScore analysis revealed that traffic to Job Search sites
jumped considerably in January versus the previous month, indicating
that many consumers are at least mulling a job change even if they
haven?t come to a formal decision on the matter."

"Traffic to the Career Services & Development category increased 26
percent to 49.8 million visitors in January 2006 from the previous
month. The Job Search subcategory drove much of the gains, surging 42
percent to 15.3 million visitors for the month."

"The top two sites in the Job Search subcategory,
(up 52 percent to 7.3 million visitors) and (up 50 percent
to 6.9 million visitors) both outpaced the total category gains on a
percentage basis."

2004 Statistics

According to 2004 statistics by Pew, 42% of those with Internet access
"Look for info about a job."



"Nielsen//NetRatings, the global standard for Internet audience
measurement and analysis, reports that traffic to career sites jumped
30 percent year-over-year with nearly 27.2 million surfers, or more
than 18 percent of the total online population, visiting job search
sites in June 2004. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job
creation continued to rise over the past year, while unemployment
claims fell."

2003 Statistics

Job hunting on the Internet

* 93% Read online listings

* 70% Reseach companies

* 57% Submit resume/apps

* 41 Use job listing services

"The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 1 in 5 jobseekers
between the age of 20-34 used the Internet to look for jobs in 2003.
This percentage continues to increase."

2002 Statistics

According to a Pew survey

"Fifty-two million Americans have looked online for information about
jobs, and more than 4 million do so on a typical day. Overall, these
figures represent a more than 60% jump in the number of online job
hunters from March 2000 when we first asked about the subject. We
found then that 32 million had used the Internet to check out jobs.
Moreover, there has been about a 33% hike in the daily traffic related
to job searching. On a typical day in March 2000, about 3 million
Internet users were searching for job information. These current
figures come from a Pew Internet Project survey of 2,259 Internet
users that was conducted from March 1 through May 19, 2002. The margin
of error is plus or minus two percentage points."

Read further....

Additional Information

From "Internet activities by age group Posted by ZDNet Research." 2006
Scroll down to the chart for "Online Activity by Age Group" and look
at the % Activity by Age for Job Research and Job Hunting:


30% of the internet users job online

From "Internet Job-Hunting Turns a Corner: A Quintessential Careers
Annual Report 2005," by Katharine Hansen.

"Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler, co-founders of CareerXroads, describe
a new phenomenon, the "virtual walk-in," the person who goes to a
company Web site at least once for reasons other than applying for a
job and finds himself or herself looking at the jobs. Eighty-five
percent of their survey respondents said they had done so, and 64
percent of those have actually applied for a job in that situation.
Read the full report. CareerXroads also reported that 86 percent of
the Fortune 500 have a link in their main navigation or from their
home page to a "careers" section."

"More than half of 3,900 human-resource personnel and recruiters
surveyed by Weddle's, a publishing, consulting, and training firm, in
the first three months of 2005 planned to spend up to 30 percent of
their recruiting budgets online. Of those surveyed, 84 percent said
niche sites provide access to the best talent while only 11 percent
gave the nod to general-purpose recruitment sites."

"According to CareerXroads, 61 percent of all external hires can be
attributed to just two channels -- referrals by current employees and
the Internet. Just 5.5 percent come from the traditional want-ads."


 I hope you find this information helpful!



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Request for Answer Clarification by firstrte-ga on 24 Mar 2006 11:35 PST
Regarding the question, I do not think that you have answered the
question - How many people actively used the Internet (in 2005) to
search for a job.
The closest answer was the number from the 2004 PEW Study that said
42% of those with Internet access used the Internet to look for
information about a job.  Follow-up question:  In 2004, did the PEW
Study define how many people had Internet access (i.e., 42% of what

Example: My unvarifiable statistic as stated was that 30% of the
internet users (200 Million) went to job related websites on a regular

The answer needs to site the number of individuals or the % of
internet users that are actively engaged in job search related

Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 24 Mar 2006 15:42 PST
Hello again, firstrte-ga! 

The only other statistic I could find that comes close to the 30% you
cited from the Networks Electronic Recruiting Index is the following
from Pew:

29% of adults connected to the internet use it for "job-related searches." 


"The search-using population totals 90 percent of all Internet users,
a close second to the e-mail-using population of 91 percent of all
Internet users. Daily users of search and e-mail combined have grown
in the past year. In 2004, 38 million online Americans used search
daily,; in 2005, the number of users hit 59 million. That's a 55
percent increase in one year."

"E-mail continues to grow; 57 million American Internet users sent and
received e-mails daily in 2004. The 2005 American Internet population
of daily e-mail users now includes 74 million. The rate of increase
for e-mail usage rose from 30 percent to 41 percent."

"Compared to other online activities, e-mail and search engine use top
activity lists of the 94 million American adults who use the Internet.
E-mail holds a 77 percent share of daily activities; search engine
usage reaches a 63 percent share. Checking news (46 percent)

* and conducting job-related research (29 percent) follow search." 

See chart: Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2005


I hope this helps.


Request for Answer Clarification by firstrte-ga on 27 Mar 2006 07:40 PST
Last question!

A statistic that you site from the Pew Study indicates that there are
"94 million American adults who use the Internet" (unless I am reading
something wrong!)

According to Nielsen//NR -, there were 203,824,428
internet users in the US as of Dec, 2005.  There is a very large
disconnect between Nielsen//NR and the Pew Study.

Any ideas would help.



Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 27 Mar 2006 08:27 PST
 Please give me a day or two. I am just about to catch a flight and I
need to have a bit of time to look into this for you.

Request for Answer Clarification by firstrte-ga on 27 Mar 2006 10:55 PST
Hello umiat:

I have the numbers that I am looking for:

The statistic was in PEW:

145 Million ADULT Internet Users. That older number we've been using
of 200M included non-adults. 44% (or 63,8M) use it in job search.

We are all set.



Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 27 Mar 2006 14:13 PST
Wonderful! Thank you for your patience, kind rating and extreme generosity.
firstrte-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00

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