Online postings fell in October, according to the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index, which fell to 67.8 from September‘s index of 68.4.

The October index is down 5.6 points from a year ago.

“Weak hiring in September and October, which historically are strong months for job growth, indicates continued weakness in white-collar demand,” said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. “Managerial job-seekers will have to search smarter and harder to improve their job prospects as we head into the holiday season, a traditionally slower hiring period for executives.”

For October, the top five metro areas (Washington D.C., Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Baltimore) averages more than four times as many jobs per capita as the bottom five (Riverside, Calif., Detroit, Memphis, Miami and Tampa, Fla.). Cleveland showed the most job growth while Minneapolis had the largest drop.

The Northeast was the only region of the country to show a slight gain in October, while the Midwest showed the greatest loss in job postings. The Sunbelt continued to struggle.

“A larger supply of jobs in one part of the country does not help relieve the shortfall in the rest,” says Jay Martin, JobSerf’s chairman. “Until the employment situation improves, job-seekers in areas with a shortage of jobs can consider relocation, accepting a lower salary, or try to transition their skills into areas that are hiring, such as healthcare, government and technology.”

The complete report is on CareerCast.com.

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