Almost 30,000 jobs were created across the UK’s 21 key industries in July, according to a survey by recruitment company Adecco.
The Job Creation Index (JCI) is determined by comparing the number of jobs created within UK industrial sectors each month with the number of jobs created for the same month in the previous year.
About 4,000 jobs were created within the public sector last month, compared with just 61 in the media, marketing and publishing industry.
Overall job creation was down compared to July 2005, but a number of key sectors are still recruiting steadily, including insurance and pensions (786 new jobs) and energy and utilities (1,610).
The health and social care sector fared the worst with just six new jobs being created, giving it a JCI of -98.
Neil Jones, sales and marketing director of Adecco UK and Ireland, said: “2006 has been an interesting year for job creation, after a slow start to the year we have seen a number of sectors focusing efforts on recruitment.
“Despite an overall reduction in the number of jobs created this month compared to 2005, we are still seeing a healthy increase across 50% of the sectors with a total of 29,472 positions created.”