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Job Openings Increase in July: Report

August 1, 2013
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Simply Hired(R) today reported that job openings were up 1.8% month-over-month and 22.5% year-over-year in July. Nationwide, 40 out of 50 (80%) metro areas saw an increase in job openings and six out of 18 industries also experienced growth. These findings are part of Simply Hired's August 2013 Employment Outlook, which highlights job industry and employer trends in national and regional U.S. markets.

"July saw growth in the number of job openings in major metro areas across the country and nationwide we're seeing significant growth over last year," said James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired. "We continue to see industries like healthcare actively seeking candidates, as well as growth in transportation and real estate. As we move closer to fall, there are significantly more opportunities for job seekers than there were 12 months ago, which is fantastic news for anyone looking to make a change."

Job openings increase in 80% of major metros

Job openings increased in 40 out of 50 (80%) major metros in July. Norfolk, VA (10.3%), Greenville, SC (7.4%), Oklahoma City, OK (5.1%) and Indianapolis, IN (4.3%) experienced the largest gains month-over-month.

Job openings increase in one-third of all industries

Job openings increased in six out of 18 industries in July, with transportation (26.1%) and real estate (7.6%) showing the largest gains. Non-profit (-10.9%) and travel (-5.5%) saw the largest decreases during this period.

Transportation and personal care roles increase

More than three quarters of occupation categories (18 out of 23) experienced growth in job openings in July. Transportation (22.2%) and personal care (11.0%) experienced the largest amount of growth month-over-month. Food services (-5.9%) and education (-4.8%) faced the largest decline in July.

Healthcare remains the industry with the most job listings

Around one third of the top posting companies in July were healthcare-related (approximately 40 company locations), making healthcare the industry with the most job openings. Service sector jobs such as banking and food service also had a significant number of job openings.

Source: Simply Hired

Source: Copyright Business Wire 2013

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