Job openings are still near record highs — and still outnumber applicants

Jun 1, 2022
There are almost two job openings for every unemployed person.
There are almost two openings for every unemployed person. That's good for workers but may be stoking inflation.
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What's helping drive wage increases for low-wage workers?

May 3, 2022
In some sectors, like leisure and hospitality, workers have been quitting and changing jobs, allowing them move into higher-paid positions.
Wages for jobs like cooks, waiters and hotel clerks rose more than 8% in the first quarter of 2022 from a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Despite near-record high job openings, workers of color or those without higher education are still at a disadvantage in the job market.
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Education hiring shows some strength in October

Dec 9, 2021
Many of the newer hires in Octobers filled support roles.
Education hiring still isn't at pre-pandemic levels, but it's still picking up at a faster pace than other areas.
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4.2 million people quit their jobs in October

Dec 8, 2021
That was down slightly from September, but still high. Some say watch that figure to know what will happen to the economy in 2022.
According to the latest JOLTS report, the accommodation and food services sector had the largest increase in job openings.
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How do small businesses manage when workers just up and quit?

Nov 15, 2021
As more and more workers voluntarily leave jobs, business owners are having to get creative about finding and retaining employees.
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U.S. job openings high for second consecutive month

Jul 7, 2021
Which sectors are the most eager for workers? And are workers ready to commit?
There were some 9.2 million new job postings in the May, Bureau of Labor Statistics — nearly the same number that were posted in April.
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Will cutting federal unemployment benefits push job growth?

Jun 14, 2021
Four states have now shut off the extra $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits.
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With unemployment high, why can't companies find the workers they need?

Mar 17, 2021
There are many theories, including unemployment benefits being too high, a skills mismatch and low wages.
Businesses could attract more workers if they raised wages, one expert says. According to the National Federation Independent Business, that's starting to happen.
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Job postings tell two different stories of recovery so far

Mar 5, 2021
Job postings have rebounded for occupations in manufacturing and construction, but not in hospitality or travel.
Jed Kolko, an economist for the job site Indeed, said job postings are now about 6% higher than pre-pandemic levels, and "being above last year's baseline is certainly better than being below last year's, but it doesn’t mean things are back to normal."
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