Job openings in the Fairfield County area have become more readily available, according to information compiled by a local job search board.
FairfieldCountyJobs.com, part of AllCountyJobs.com, released a job market report for the month of June, indicating that postings of new jobs on their site went up 33 percent, and that the locations with the most job prospects were Stamford, Greenwich, Westport and Norwalk.
"We do sense that companies are getting back to hiring again," David Lewis, chief executive office of AllCountyJobs.com, said. "It's been so long since there's been any increase of any significance that I think a lot of it has to do with pent-up demand."
The site, acquired by Lewis' company, OperationsInc., this year, has about 100,000 unique visitors every month, and houses a database of more than 40,000 resumes from area job seekers.
Localized job sites can be more effective than national sites because job seekers want to gauge opportunities in their area and frequently don't want to relocate, said Mark Pruner, president of the Web Counsel in Greenwich.
"In this economy, everyone is looking at job sites," he said. "If the local sites reach critical mass, they can blow away any national sites. It's just a question of getting local recognition and becoming the go-to place for jobs."
That's exactly what Lewis has in mind for FairfieldCountyJobs.com; the site plans to issue job reports every month going forward.
"We're taking a very aggressive approach to becoming the center of the job-seeking universe here," Lewis said.
A concentration of job prospects in lower Fairfield County has been expected, said Steven Lanza, executive editor of The Connecticut Economy, a quarterly review published by the University of Connecticut's economics department.
"We sort of forecasted that the Hartford and Bridgeport/Stamford areas would be where we'd see the most growth in the coming quarters," Lanza said. "Certainly we've seen in the last few months an uptick in jobs in the Bridgeport/Stamford market. The region has gained about 5,000 jobs since the beginning of the year."
Lewis theorizes that in the summer, when workers often take vacations, employers become more acutely aware of staff shortages and start thinking of hiring.
"To see the number of open positions go up and more opportunities at varying levels is fantastic," he said. "I think it's very encouraging. The challenge (for the site) is to creating as a diverse population of employers as of candidates."