It's not your imagination: It's truly tougher to get a job.
Labor Department data released today show that there were 6.1 unemployed workers in December, on average, for every available position, the Associated Press reports.
That's a sharp increase from 3.4 jobless workers per job opening the same month a year earlier. In December 2007, when the recession began, the figure was 1.7 jobless workers per opening.
There were 2.5 million jobs available nationwide at the end of December, down from 3.2 million a year earlier, the Labor Department data show.
Still, today's report isn't all bleak. The number of available jobs increased by about 60,000 from November. And December's ratio of 6.1 unemployed workers per job was an improvement from November's 6.3, the highest on records dating from 2001, the Associated Press reports.