From the latest newsletter of the American Political Science Association (emphasis mine):
The number of new assistant professor positions is perhaps the best indicator to use for a quick look into current academic job posting conditions. As of December 31, 2009, 360 assistant professor positions have been posted to APSA's eJobs database. This is 64% of the number of listings posted at the same time last year, and 61% of the mean number of listings annually for the past 5 years. By this marker, the market is indeed tight. APSA does not track whether posted positions are filled, and do not have a way to assess how many of the postings--this year or last--are firm. We do know that jobs have been posted later in the recruting season this year than in the past, which may indicate that the ones that have been put forward are firm. ...Overall placement for AY 2008-2009 tracked placement of recent years: 864 new graduates were placed, with 464 in permanent academic positions, 198 in temporary positions, and 151 in positions outside of academia.By all accounts, this year's political science job market (as with most of the academy) has been brutal. I remain profoundly grateful that I was on the market last year and that I got a tenure-track job. Best of luck to those of you who are out there this year.