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October 2016 Data Released on 11.15.2016Hiring Slows as Wineries Enter Quieter Fall SeasonOverall hiring activity slowed in October 2016 versus a year ago, according to winejobs.com, declining 4%. The downward turn was the first since April 2016, a breather following two months of double-digit growth.
Winery Job Index » Month 12 Months October 2016 171 -4% 285 6% October 2015 179 269
Weaker hiring depressed the Winery Job Index a modest 4% to 171 in October 2016, down from 179 a year earlier. However, activity remained well above the same month in previous years, testimony to the job market’s ongoing strength.
Demand for winemakers remained steady. The index remained unchanged in October 2016 from the previous month, with signs of increasing strength.
Sales and marketing hiring slowed in October 2016 versus the previous month, but inched higher from October 2015.
Direct-to-consumer activity posted a strong drop as wineries entered a quieter season in October, but the index remained even with October 2015.