Report: Job Openings Increase in Top 50 Major Metro Areas

Sunnyvale, Calif. — Aug. 1

Simply Hired, a job site, released its August 2012 Employment Outlook, which reports a 4.5 percent increase in nationwide job openings month-over-month and a 9.9 percent increase year-over-year.

Nationwide job competition remained at a ratio of three unemployed persons for every one job opening. The August 2012 Employment Outlook highlights the job industry and employer trends in national and regional U.S. markets.

For the second month in a row, job openings increased in all 50 of the major metros. Grand Rapids (9 percent), Cleveland, Akron and Salt Lake City (each 8 percent, respectively) experienced the largest increases.

Metro area job competition also improved slightly for job seekers in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Houston.

Job openings increased in 14 of 18 industries in July, with hospitality (11 percent) and nonprofit (9 percent) showing the largest amount of growth. Industries that decreased in job openings include retail (down 6 percent), construction, media and manufacturing (all down 2 percent, respectively).

Occupations experiencing the largest growth in job openings were law enforcement, fire and safety (15.8 percent) and engineers (14.1 percent). The only occupation experiencing a decline month-over-month was educators (down 2 percent).

In addition, the nation’s top hiring companies continue to be healthcare-related, followed by technology and financial services.

Source: Simply Hired