August was a good month for anyone looking for a job in journalism, retail or personal care. Those three fields experienced the biggest increases in job openings during August.
Those seeking work with nonprofit organizations or in agriculture were not as lucky: Job openings in those fields decreased 19.1 percent and 15.4 percent, respectively.
Overall, job openings decreased almost 2 percent last month, according to a study conducted by a job listing and recruitment advertising website, Simply Hired. With fewer openings, competition for jobs increased in 20 of the top 50 metropolitan areas. The study found that overall there are still three job seekers for every one open job.
The areas that saw the biggest drop in job openings were Memphis, Tenn. (down 7 percent), Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg, Fla. (down 6.1 percent), West Palm Beach, Fla. (down 5.8 percent) and Salt Lake City (down 5 percent), according to Simply Hired.
By contrast, cities that saw growth in job openings included Minneapolis (up 3.5 percent), Detroit (up 3.4 percent), New York (up 2.8 percent) and Greensboro, N.C. (up 2.1 percent).
In more good news for August, 75 percent of industries demonstrated job growth year-over-year, the study found. And even though job openings were down overall, they were higher than in August 2011.
"After three continuous months of job opening growth, nationwide job openings decreased slightly in August, yet still held positive compared to this time last year," said Gautam Godhwani, co-founder and CEO of Simply Hired. "A bright spot in this month’s job openings is retail, as companies across the nation begin to ramp up for the holiday buying season and get seasonal hiring under way."