In March, nationwide job openings increased by 8.4% month-over-month and 23.2% year-over-year per the newest report from SimplyHired.
Nationwide job competition held steady at a ratio of three unemployed persons for each job opening. March marks the ninth time in 11 months in which there have been increases in job openings across the country.
Each of the top 50 metros experienced job-opening growth and nearly all industries also experienced growth
One quarter of metros experienced double-digit growth, with Salt Lake City (14.2%), Indianapolis (12.6%) and Albuquerque (12.5%) seeing the largest gains. In addition, the ratio of job seekers to job openings held steady in nearly all metro areas.
Job openings increased in 17 out of 18 industries in March. The largest gains were seen in manufacturing (15.2%) and government (14.4%). Agriculture experienced double-digit gains for the third month in a row. The only industry that saw a decrease during March was legal (-28.7%). A large majority of occupation categories (19 out of 24) experienced growth in job openings in March. Building and groundskeepers (9.2%) and educators (7.9%) experienced the largest amount of growth month-over-month. Healthcare was the top hiring industry during March.
In March, job listings in the manufacturing industry grew by 15.2%; job listings in the government sector increased by 14.4%. Related to the growth in government roles, educator jobs experienced noticeable growth (7.9%).
The SimplyHired U.S. Employment Outlook is a monthly analysis and forecast of employment trends in the United States. These findings are based on monthly job seeker activity on simplyhired.com, which publishes millions of listings from over 30,000 employment sites, and data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.