American Job History: Post- Recession Employment Listings Double and Triple

American Job Market Trends

America enjoyed a measure of economic recovery from 2010 - 2012. As part of that, actual job listings increased from 4 million to 5 million across the nation by autumn 2012, and jumped to 7.6 million in May-June 2013.

In 2010, I found job listings from all Internet sources of listings included nearly 6 Million openings on a daily basis. The largest cities in America enjoyed the largest numbers of job listings; there were the usual New York City, Houston and similar. Still, many sources quoted the number of jobs needed by Americans as 14 Million in 2010.

While some individuals lost their families and possessions and ended as homeless, others joined the US military branches and a few began their own businesses. Still others went off grid into underground occupations that are performed without tax documentation. These have included hair and nail services (which require a license in most states when documented), auto mechanics and body work, housecleaning, and several others.

During 2012, the average number of jobs listed through all Internet sources dropped to a range of 4.5 - 4.8 Million job listings. These are jobs posted anywhere online and do not include the non-advertised or hidden job markets. At the same time, a greater number of Summer Jobs were listed for 2012 than in any year previously, back to 2007 and most of these were part-time or full-time temporary positions.

Certain US States are less affected by economic downturn, including Texas; and the oil and gas fields of North Dakota where jobs doubled in 2012. Oil and gas are booming in North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile aerospace industry companies, 63 of them already partnered with NASA, are hiring skilled workers in gradually increasing numbers.

Female worker in an H. J. Heinz can factory crimping can ends onto cans before 1909. Some factory jobs have been lost over the decades.
Female worker in an H. J. Heinz can factory crimping can ends onto cans before 1909. Some factory jobs have been lost over the decades. | Source

Finding the job openings quickly can be managed through major job search engines on the Internet. The two largest job search organizations are SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com, with search engines in the United States, Canada, UK, India, Australia, and other International countries, all provided via links on their home pages. Use both of these organizations' sites, because they update at different times of the day and night, but both update continually.

These search engines can be accessed by job title or location in the USA, and refined in the left sidebar by company name, education level, salary range, special interest group (Veterans, 50+, New Graduates, Diversity, Single Parent, and others).

Another set of search engines that may be useful to you are available at: Job Search Engine Reviews and Job Sites Often Overlooked.

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Can We Fill the Jobs? - Lack of Degrees and Licenses

Changes In High Demand Jobs 2009 - 2012

The product mix of high demand jobs changed across America in the spring of 2012, with the occupation of Truck Driver with a CDL becoming the Number One job by mid-June. This slot had been filled by Physical Therapist from 2009 - 2012 (see link below), although new positions are slowly being created for this occupation once again in the latter half of 2012. Physical Therapist in Number Six.

Engineering is Number Two and Registered Nurse fills the Number Three Slot.

Top High Demand Jobs discussed below are:

  1. Truck Driver
  2. Engineer
  3. Registered Nurse
  4. IT Project Manager
  5. Customer Service Representative
  6. Physical Therapists
  7. Occupational Therapists
  8. Assistant Managers

Demand has leveled off since 2009 or 2010 for these occupations:

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Attorneys
  • Sales Associates (Salespeople) - This leveling is a negative sign, indicating a stalled economy.

Marked Job Increases in 2010 and 2012

Sharp decreases in these job listings occurred 2006 - 2009, followed by a sharp increase.
Sharp decreases in these job listings occurred 2006 - 2009, followed by a sharp increase. | Source
Isuzu trucks have become popular in America, but 18-wheelers still lead. Many truck driving positions are connected with CDL training.
Isuzu trucks have become popular in America, but 18-wheelers still lead. Many truck driving positions are connected with CDL training. | Source

Top Job Listings Require Degrees and Licences

1. Truck Drivers - 1,100, 000 or more job openings in 2010 and 2012, most requiring the CDL license. These jobs increased through 2013 ass well, reamining in the top five highest demand jobs in any states.

Top Hiring Companies of Drivers and OWner-Operators

  1. Builders Transportation
  2. Gordon Trucking
  3. Swift Transportation
  4. Averitt Express
  5. Marten Transport
  6. Rush Trucking
  7. Schneider National
  8. Ryder

Veteran Friendly Companies also hiring Truck Drivers:

  1. Swift Transportation
  2. J.B. Hunt Transport
  3. Waste Management
  4. Coca-Cola Refreshments
  5. Lowe's
  6. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  7. Penske
  8. Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  9. FedEx
  10. Volt Information Sciences


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21% Increase In Jobs 2010 - 2012

Engineering Jobs increased in 2013 as Google became involved in Aerospace and Steroid Mining and NASA began to recuit in partnership with private companies.
Engineering Jobs increased in 2013 as Google became involved in Aerospace and Steroid Mining and NASA began to recuit in partnership with private companies. | Source

Engineers Continue to Dominate Job Markets

Outstanding marble rendition of engineer/inventor Robert Fulton (late 1700s), carved by Howard Roberts.
Outstanding marble rendition of engineer/inventor Robert Fulton (late 1700s), carved by Howard Roberts. | Source

2. Engineers - 653,000+ openings in June 2012 and 892,000+ listings in June 2013

Major Companies hiring are: Cybercoders, Kelly Services, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Volt Information Sciences, Amazon, URS, and Adecco.

>>Over 25,000 of these jobs in June 2012 were listed for GOOGLE.

>>NASA showed an upsurge in hiring from January - April 2012.

Listed as 50+ Friendly are: Adecco, John Deere, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanley Consultants, Scripps Health, SC Johnson & Son, Massachusetts General Hospital, Inova Health System , and L.L.Bean.

Highest demand engineer listings:

  1. Software Engineer
  2. Network Engineer
  3. Manufacturing Engineer
  4. Mechanical Engineer
  5. Systems Engineer
  6. Senior Software Engineer
  7. Electrical Engineer
  8. Project Engineer
  9. Process Engineer

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A US Navy Nurse. Nursing continues to be an important occupation in America.
A US Navy Nurse. Nursing continues to be an important occupation in America. | Source

3. Registered Nurses - Over 379,000 openings in June 2012, but over 650,000 openings in June 2013.

Number of jobs listings for RNs are holding steady.

Top Employers:

  1. Supplemental Health Care
  2. Mollen Immunization Clinics
  3. Medical Staffing Network
  4. American Mobile Healthcare
  5. Wesley Medical Center
  6. Community Health Systems
  7. HCA Healthcare
  8. Corpus Christi Medical Center
  9. Tulane Medical Center

Looking for New Graduates:

  1. Mollen Immunization Clinics
  2. Community Health Systems
  3. Fastaff Travel Nursing
  4. Catholic Health Initiatives
  5. Bon Secours Health System
  6. Wesley Medical Center
  7. HCA Healthcare
  8. Corpus Christi Medical Center
  9. CJW Medical Center
  10. Tulane Medical Center

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Significant Increase in Listings 2010 - 2012

4. Project Managers, IT - 324,000 jobs in June 2012, Doubled by June 2013

Hiring Companies

  1. Cybercoders
  2. Randstad Technologies
  3. Kelly Services
  4. CGI Group
  5. Modis
  6. Management Recruiters of Sioux Falls
  7. Experis
  8. Thermo Fisher Scientific
  9. Resources Global Professionals

Veteran Friendly Hiring Companies

  1. Resources Global Professionals
  2. JPMorgan Chase
  3. CIBER
  4. URS
  5. Volt Information Sciences
  6. Home Depot
  7. Catholic Health Initiatives
  8. IBM
  9. SAIC
  10. CH2M Hill

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Huge Increase In Listings 2010 - 2012

5. Customer Service Rep - 295,000 Jobs in June 2012, 556,000 jobs in June 2013

Many of these positions do not require a college degree, but many hiring companies require an AA or BA/BS, especially in customer service in the Financial and Insurance Industries.

Anxious to hire new graduates:

  1. AT&T
  2. Crossmark
  3. Wells Fargo
  4. Rent-A-Center
  5. U-Haul
  6. Central Payment
  7. ServiceMaster
  8. Crossmark
  9. Ezlocal
  10. Terminix

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Physical Therapist Jobs Consisteently Increase

Other Job Titles

6. Physical Therapists - 192,000 jobs during mid-June 2012 and 224,000 openings in June 2013. Listings seem to be down, because job seekers are filling them.

7. Occupational Therapists - 148,000 jobs listed in June 2012, and 140,000 openings in June 2013. A decrease in positions occurred.

8. Assistant Managers - 91,000 jobs 6/2012; 136,000 jobs 6/2013

Jobs for Sales Associates, with 63,000 full-time openings in mid-June 2012, have also leveled off since early 2011. However, they increased to 146,000 in June 2013.

Occupations That Require Many Years of Professional School

  • Physicians - 711,000+ job openings, many with the US Military; about the same number of openings in June 2013.
  • Physician Assistants - 290,000+ openings. Openings in this job title decreased to 44,8000 in only one year. Nurse Practitioners often fill these positions in Little Clinics and Walgreen in-house clinics as well as in private practice (90,800 job listings in June 2013.)
  • Attorneys - 35,000 jobs. These job listings decreased by almost half by June 2013.

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extranotes 4 years ago from New York

Sorry to say that job listings may have increased, but these listers are not hiring!

It's a "buyers market" out there and companies have the luxury of waiting long periods of time before they decide to bring anyone on board. Stories from coleagues are voluminous regarding their experiences with multi-tiered repeat interviews at many companies. Firms have created a super-wish list format for each job's "qualifications" -which basically acts as a bargaining point at salary negotiation time. Generally, for most of us job-seekers, this ends up with a thank you letter from the firm, stating that "we've decided to pursue candidates with more closely matched backgrounds" to the advertised job. The "job list trend" may have increased but the "job reality trend" has crashed and burned. Companies have battened down the hatches until the stock market stabilizes and the November elections are decided.


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Wow, that's quite a hub. Thanks.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

You are amazing. Your hub is so helpful and informative. Anyone really searching for a job will be thrilled you wrote it. Up interesting, useful and awesome.


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Earth Angel 4 years ago

GREAT information Patty! I've been self-employed 98% of my life and rarely feel the same sting many of my friends do as the economy fluctuates ~ My work days may lengthen from 6 hours long to 12 hours in order to pay the bills but it's not bad as I love what I do ~ Your Hub explains so much so clearly ~ I have just fowarded it to many! Blessings always, Earth Angel!


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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

This is a very informative hub. I voted up. Thanks for all the informative. I will be checking out the two biggest hiring websites you gave, simplyhired and indeed. Again, lots of good stuff!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

eatranotes - A lot of job seekers believe the companies are refusing to hire in order to make the job market look worse and to blame the White House. Thanks for your comments.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I was surprised to find so many truck driving positions, but not surprised to find many engineering jobs, since the space program in private companies is increasing.

Earth Angel - Same for me in the last few years. So many companies have gone out of business. McDonald's even closed shops here in Ohio under the Reagan Administration! Business has been come-and-go ever since.

Thanks for all the other comments.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thanks for the great research, Patty!


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the comments, Maren Morgan M-T!

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General announcement - I have helped thousands find long-term employment every year since 1995 by showing them where to look and providing classes on how to be hired and what employers want.

Posters that complain of lack of jobs and hiring, who are ages 45 - 65+ and atop that send out negative attitudes cannot expect me to be sympathetic. I have been there and succeeded, always have, and so can you.

Even though several of my employers closed down since 1980, I always pursued employment until hired, in small towns and large cities alike, even when I was among older candidates. I worked three jobs when I needed to do so. For one 6-month stretch, I worked 10 hrs/day, 7 days/week, because I had no use or time for complaining about lack of work.

I have written Hubs about solid guidance and coaching for older workers to find new employment in several US States. Any of them can be applied to your own state.

Look, I already received notice in 2010 that my Social Security full benefits will not start until age 70 (if the fund is viable). So I work more now to guarantee my own support.

I have worked for and helped operate companies that often posted the same position 6 times or more before they found the right person. However, if anyone thinks that current American job postings are fraudulent or merely flummery, then I suggest suing these companies for fraud - some Labor Attorneys would be eager to handle such injustice.

The required time on task and consistent efforts in job seeking are the most tasking career of all! Best of success to all who are looking for work.

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