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Employers are returning to online jobs platforms at a faster rate than jobseekers

We know that COVID-19 has impacted the health of millions both physically and economically.

New data from SimilarWeb, a platform that analyzes web traffic, show just how closely tied the two are.

In an analysis shared exclusively with Fast Company, SimilarWeb looked at five top job sites including indeed.com, glassdoor.com, ziprecruiter.com, monster.com, and careerbuilder.com, and compared traffic to those sites from the period between March through November in both 2020 and 2019. The analysis reveals that average monthly visits decreased by 6.2%, with monster.com experiencing the sharpest decline and LinkedIn remaining the most stable. The latter was likely due to the fact that the platform has a networking component and not just job listings.

“The decline [overall] was most dramatic from March to April,” the report’s authors state, “dropping from a total of 271.7 million to 195.6 million. That tide turned upward in the summer months as unemployment benefits began to expire and the number of COVID-19 cases was beginning to slow, especially in large cities such as New York and San Francisco, which are also home to many businesses.

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