Today Simply Hired released its September 2013 Employment Outlook which shows that seasonal hiring has begun as job growth holds steady nationwide. Overall job openings were up 0.2% month-over-month in August and 29.1% year-over-year. Retail was among the top industries in terms of job growth, indicating the beginning of seasonal hiring, while healthcare continued to rank #1 in available job openings.
“August job openings held steady at a significantly higher level than last year, indicating many more opportunities for job seekers today than in 2012," said James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired. "Companies doing the most hiring continue to be in healthcare, and we are also seeing growth in retail job openings as seasonal hiring begins to ramp up for the holiday season."
Job openings increased in 24 out of 50 major metros in August. The cities experiencing the largest gains included Pittsburgh, PA (12.2%), Austin, TX (6.8%) and Minneapolis, MN (5.5%). Job openings also increased in 16 out of 18 industries in August, with Transportation (25.8%) and Retail (12.1%) showing the largest gains. Occupations experiencing the largest growth in job openings month over month are Personal Care (18.8%) and Legal (18.6%). In addition, the nation’s top hiring companies continue to be healthcare-related.