According to PhilJobs, there are, as of today, 228 active job listings, of which 115 are for TT positions. I count 80 expired ads that are already past deadline, giving us a total of 195 jobs.* Compare that to last year's hiring numbers (again, PhilJobs, so those are self-reported hires, and not likely to represent the actual number) where there were 216 TT hires. Which adds up to fewer jobs this year compared to last year. Possibly a lot fewer. And we are really, really past the point where a significant number of new jobs are going to appear, I should think. The torturously slow trickle is going to get slower. And then stop. First round interviews are already being scheduled. And PFOs are already going out. (This is actually a PFO thread, since a Smoker requested one. But first I'm gonna do some complainin'.)
I still have a couple of applications to get done, but my numbers are very low this year. 17 applications total (although I'm being geographically very, very picky this year). Still, I applied for about 60 jobs last year, and I was being pretty selective then, and this year there are only about 70 jobs total in my AOS (broadly construed).
I don't remember the numbers for my first year -- the year everything went to hell in a handbasket -- 2008/2009. And we were still in the JFP days then, so getting an accurate count was near impossible, but I don't think it was this bad.
On the plus side, my impression is that there are a lot more postdocs and fellowships than in past years.
PFOs. I got one last week.**
*I don't see a way to search PhilJobs for expired ads from the current job season without getting ALL 3,000+ expired ads, so it's possible there are more jobs that are already past deadline and expired. I count 80 such jobs going back to Aug 1, but make no warranties as to the accuracy of my eyesight and counting. Chalmers and Bourget: any chance of getting a search field added to limit searches by date or some such? Please?
** If your PFO indicates how many applications were received, please share that info.