Simply Hired® today released its October 2012 Employment Outlook which reports a 5.6 percent increase in nationwide job openings in September and an 8.7 percent increase year-over-year. This marks the fourth time in five months that the economy has seen growth in job openings.
“Although the economic growth is slow, our nation is continuing to see an improved outlook in job openings,” said Gautam Godhwani, Co-founder and CEO of Simply Hired. “Retail employers across the nation are anticipating a slight growth in sales this holiday season compared to last year, and seasonal hiring efforts are picking up to reflect this optimism.”
Job openings increased in 48 out of 50 major metro areas. Hartford & New Haven (8.8 percent) and New York (8.3 percent) had the largest gains in September.
Job openings in 12 out of 18 industries increased in September. While healthcare-related companies continue to be the nation’s top hiring, the retail industry (16.0 percent) showed the largest amount of growth as employers get into the full swing of seasonal hiring for the holidays. Manufacturing (9.6 percent) and hospitality (9.0 percent) also saw gains. Year-over-year, more than 75% of industries are experiencing job opening growth.
For more details view the full press release.