CHICAGO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- According to job postings on Sittercity.com, unemployment and the economy in the U.S. look to be improving. Sittercity.com, the nation's largest and most trusted online source for babysitters, nannies, senior caregivers, pet sitters, housekeepers and tutors, reported a 128 percent increase in job postings in the last quarter of 2009 over its first quarter postings and more than 9,700 new jobs posted in December alone. In addition, a recent survey of its members found that almost a third of those who posted a job on the site did so because they recently found a new job or changed jobs.
Sittercity.com has a new job posted every four minutes - up from every five minutes last year -- and has been a valuable way people have found work and even a career in this challenging economy. In fact, in a recent survey, more than 45 percent of the Sittercity.com care providers stated that they were pursuing caregiving as their career.
"Caregiving is a necessity, not a luxury," said Genevieve Thiers, founder of Sittercity.com. "We would expect job postings looking for a full-time nanny or after-school babysitter to increase as the economy continues to improve and more and more people head back to work."
The number of actual jobs being generated on Sittercity.com is even higher than the above statistic since it leaves out those that find a sitter through search rather than posting a job. On average, half of Sittercity.com parents post jobs while the other half conduct searches to find their perfect sitter match.
Sittercity.com, the inventor of online caregiving, is America's largest and most trusted online source for child care, pet care, senior care, housesitting, housekeeping and tutoring. Sittercity has a network of more than a million caregiver profiles nationwide, and helps families and individuals across America find the perfect in-home care provider quickly, easily and safely. Sittercity's care seekers can use the company's four-step screening process, which includes checking references, reading caregiver reviews, conducting interviews and utilizing free access to background checks. Sitter profiles also come with photos, experience, training, safety skills, availability calendars, reviews and more. Our Corporate Program now serves a number of marquee clients, including Avon, MasterCard, FOX Networks, Pitney Bowes and Monster Worldwide. For more information, visit the company Web site at http://www.sittercity.com.