For the fourth time in the past five months job openings increased nationwide. A new poll found that there was a 5.6 percent increase in job openings nationwide during September and an 8.7 percent increase in the past year.
Despite the increase in job openings, job competition stayed the same, with three unemployed persons out there for every one open job.
Overall, job openings increased in all but two of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. The biggest increases came in Hartford and New Haven, Conn., and New York City, where job openings jumped more than 8 percent. Miami, Salt Lake City and Harrisburg, Pa., also experienced an 8 percent increase in job openings. Milwaukee and Minneapolis were the only two cities to experience a decrease, falling by 2 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively.
The upcoming holiday season was a big driver behind the increases. Overall, job openings rose in 12 of 18 industries and 90 percent of occupations. The retail industry saw the biggest openings industrywide and in individual occupations. Jobs in manufacturing also increased in September, growing nearly 10 percent.
"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, which conducted the research. "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."
The information was based on data taken from Simply Hired.