After returning to pre-recession levels last month, nationwide job openings continued to increase in April, gaining 6.7% month-over-month and 33.9% year-over year. In March, SimplyHired.com reached pre-recession numbers of job listings, and the government released the most optimistic employment report we’ve seen in a long time. The continued job growth SimplyHired.com has seen in April will likely result in more hiring in the coming months.
Hiring in the travel industry decreased -15.6% in April, nearly two months after crude oil prices surpassed $100 per barrel. This sharp decline in hiring so close to popular travel months is likely an attempt by airlines and other oil-reliant travel businesses to buffer the unavoidably high cost of oil.
Hiring in the retail industry increased 23.6%, the largest growth across all industries. The concurrent 92.0% increase in job openings for retail salespersons signifies the beginning of summer seasonal hiring for retailers.
Cincinnati had the highest month-over-month increase in job openings (13.6%) from March to April, followed by San Diego (12.9%) and Dallas & Fort Worth (12.3%). The Cleveland & Akron, Salt Lake City and Harrisburg metros all posted 11.5% increases in job openings.
For more information on April job trends read the press release or view the full report below.