Nearly two job seekers for every job: What it's like to look for work now

Nov 10, 2020
The unemployment rate is down, and more people are returning to the labor force. But finding a job isn't easy.
A woman closes up a liquor store in Seattle in July. Job searchers are having a hard time finding work during the pandemic.
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Quits rate shows workers ready to jump ship

Oct 9, 2019
Voluntary quitting is at an 18-year high.
A "now hiring" sign is posted on a table during a career fair for veterans in San Francisco, California.
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In logistics, employers scramble for workers

May 7, 2019
Bureau of Labor Statistics data show nearly 90,000 job openings in warehousing, transportation and utilities in March.
Boxes travel on conveyor belts at an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, in 2017.
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Tight job market hits small business confidence

Feb 13, 2019
Small business owners, who have struggled to find the workers they need, are frustrated.
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Could the latest government jobs data show the economy is slowing?

Feb 12, 2019
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey — aka JOLTS — may be pointing to a downturn. Today's report should tell us more.
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey — aka JOLTS — may be pointing to a downturn. Today's report should tell us more.
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Some job openings aren't real. Here's why.

Nov 6, 2018
What the JOLTS report can tell us about the state of the labor market.
Job seekers arrive at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for The Opportunity Hiring Fair in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2017.
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Labor Department figures show robust jobs market

Oct 16, 2018
The Labor Department reported this morning record high job openings for the month of August, the highest since the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey was created almost 20 years ago. A large number of open jobs has ramifications for many different sectors of the economy. We looked at one sector with a lot of “now […]

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Labor Department figures show robust jobs market

Oct 16, 2018
The Labor Department reported this morning record high job openings for the month of August, the highest since the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey was created almost 20 years ago. A large number of open jobs has ramifications for many different sectors of the economy. We looked at one sector with a lot of “now […]

For some workers, the economy looks good enough to take a chance on a new job

Jul 11, 2018
More Americans are quitting their jobs nowadays, according to the latest numbers out from the Labor Department. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) shows that in May, the “quits rate” hit its highest level in 17 years.  That means that in some sectors, workers feel good enough about the economy to leave a […]

The hardest jobs to fill

Feb 12, 2016
Why it's hard to find a good IT specialist or engineer.