Hourly job seekers are back on the hunt. According to a new Q3 report from Snagajob, there was a 4 percent increase in the number of job seekers who reactivated their search after at least 90 days of inactivity, compared to the prior year.

But when it comes to finding employment, job seekers are being a bit pickier, too.

Snagajob's Q3 "intensity index" — a measurement of the number of job seeker applications submitted per job seeker — application volume is down 3.69 percent when comparing the 12-month period ending in September 2013 with the same period in 2012.

"Like some of the economic data that's out there, this quarter's Snagajob data is revealing some mixed messages," said Jason Hamilton, vice president of marketing for Snagajob. "On the one hand, we're showing optimism because more hourly job seekers are getting back in the game, but they are not casting their net as wide as they did a year earlier."

Recent hourly job hunt experiences vary by location: Job seekers have the best chance to stand out in cities such as Bismarck, N.D., Elko, Nev., and Summit Park, Utah.

On the other hand, employers have many potential hires to pick from in parts of California — Stockton, Riverside and Fresno, Calif., for example.

Read more about trends and statistics.

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