October 2012: American Job Openings Increase to 5 Million For First Time Since 2008: IT, Engineering, Aerospace, Sales

Astonishing Increase In Jobs October 2-5, 2012

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When it comes to jobs and job openings in America, the media and many individuals focus on monthly national labor reports. Economic and employment analysts often concentrate on 10-year industry and job projections. Many reporters and other individuals point to biased numbers of jobs created monthly, not attending to the number of jobs lost in the same month, and visa versa. Attend we must, if we are to have the truth.

With over 15 years experience in workforce development in the private sector and under federal grants awarded during the Clinton and Bush 43 Administrations, I think it is more useful to look at federal and state projections compared to actual advertised job openings and to look at total job opening numbers themselves. I check total numbers of job openings in the USA at least every other day and analyze the mix of jobs available and the Education and Training required to fulfill their requirements.

For the first time since 2008, I find 5,000,000 job openings available in the US today on 10-5-2012 and this does not included the hidden job market or the underground economy.

Backtracking a bit, this increase from 4.2 to 4.4 million jobs available on any day from January 2009 through September 2012 is interesting, given that the first Presidential Debate for Election 2012 occurred on Wednesday October 3. Suddenly, we have 600,000 to 800,000 more job listings, and most of these additional listings occurred in the three days encompassing October 2 through October 5.

One all-sources Internet Job Search and Trending engine, SimplyHired.com states that since November 2009, job listings have increased significantly. Actually, this leap has occurred in the first week of October 2012, since job numbers were pretty flat during 2009 and rose very gradually from 2010 - September 2012. From 2007 - 2008 I regularly found listings of 5,000,000 to over 6,000,000 job openings on any given day.

Latest Job Listing Additions In 4 Days

Between October 2 and October 5, 2012 there appear 1,400,000 NEW job listings.

How is this possible? Did various town criers' announcements that Mitt Romney won the first Presidential Debate allow business people to feel "safe" and list more jobs? I know gasoline prices decreased in my city 30¢ per gallon compared to last week. I think it more than coincidence that non-seasonal job listings increased around the debate. I do not find it coincidental that many of these newest jobs are connects to the Aerospace Industry and NASA Commercial Crew, which I have point out as growing entities in related Hubs for the last year.

Summary of highest-demand newest job listings (regular, non-seasonal, full-time and part-time):

  1. IT Jobs - Auditors, analysts, programmers, technologists, product managers, security - 400,000+ new listings, many in Aerospace* and Healthcare. These jobs are listed by Aerotek, Cybercoders, AT&T, Genesis Healthcare, and a few smaller companies.
  2. Salespeople - 289,800 new jobs. Upswings in retail positions indicates both employee turnover and new growth in jobs.
  3. Engineers, all fields - 140,000 new jobs, some overlap with "IT" above . Major employers hiring are Cybercoders, General Dynamics IT, Aerotek, AT&T, Lockheed Martin (part of NASA Commercial Crew), Boeing (NASA Commericial Crew), US Air Force, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Army National Guard. *
  4. RNs - registered nurses - 157,900+ jobs
  5. Sales Representatives - 81,800 jobs, including Healthcare, IT products, Aerospace, and several others.
  6. Truck Drivers - 17,400+ jobs
  7. Physical Therapists - 11,800+ jobs
  8. Occupational Therapist - 10,100+ jobs
  9. Physicians, MD or DO - 6,400 jobs
  10. Shift Supervisors - Casual dining, coffee shops, cafes, diners - 4,370 jobs

*Aerospace jobs overall increased over 25,000 during the four days ending October 5. employers are nearly all part of the NASA Commercial Crew, who, along with Google, is increasing jobs for space exploration. Employers hiring: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Aerotek, PDS Technical Services, Goodrich, Army National Guard, Sierra Nevada, US Navy.

Federal Job Projections 2010 - 2020

It is easy to notice that the federal projections for the Top 15 Growing Jobs in the USA do not match advertized jobs overall. Actual high demand job listings include job titles that require more education and experience than most oft he job listed below. The pay is lower in many of the projected job titles as well.

Projected Largest Numbers of Openings:

  1. Home health aides
  2. Personal care aides
  3. Combination food prep/service workers,
  4. Customer service representatives
  5. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
  6. Postsecondary teachers (college level)
  7. Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
  8. Childcare workers
  9. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
  10. Cashiers
  11. Elementary school teachers, mainstram
  12. Receptionists and information clerks
  13. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping
  14. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers
  15. Sales representatives

Projected Fastest Growth Jobs:

  1. Personal care aides
  2. Home health aides
  3. Biomedical engineers
  4. Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
  5. Helpers--carpenters
  6. Veterinary technologists and technicians
  7. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers
  8. Physical therapist assistants
  9. Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  10. Meeting, convention, and event planners
  11. Diagnostic medical sonographers
  12. Occupational therapy assistants
  13. Physical therapist aides
  14. Glaziers
  15. Interpreters and translators

States In Which Aerospace Jobs Are Increasing Quickly

  1. Texas
  2. California
  3. Washington
  4. Ohio
  5. Illinois
  6. Michigan
  7. DC/Maryland/Virginia
  8. Alabama
  9. Arizona
  10. Georgia

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Duffee 4 years ago

What a very interesting and insightful article. I'm wondering why such an increase in such a short amount of time?

I also wonder --because I really do not know the answer to this--but I wonder if the recent decline in the unemployment numbers (I think announced Friday?) actually takes into account those no longer eligible for unemployment benefits?

I have so many friends and family who were laid off over two years ago and their unemployment has run out. They are no longer receiving benefits. Some of them since April and their situation is not getting better. I just wonder when they announce that unemployment fell...if those people are still counted?

I'm guessing if they aren't receiving unemployment compensation there is no way to really track it--or am I wrong?

As for the increase in job openings-- I hope this brings promise to those I know struggling, regardless of who gets elected.

Cheers, Jenn


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I think you're right that those no longer eligible for unemployment are no longer counted. How in the world are they living? - Probably with family or friends after any savings is gone?

The unemployment rate also declines when with people retiring, even though retirement ages have increased. Many Baby Boomers, for example, are retiring, some early because of unemployment and that takes them off the roles and reduces the Unemployment Rate. If younger unemployed people join the military, that also removes them from Unemployment statistics.

The USA has a large number of middle-aged women without family, at the end of their Unemployment, and at risk for homelessness. Men are at risk, too, but more women are at present and have been for a couple of years.

I'm wondering why SO many jobs - many of them high-paying - were listed suddenly at the time of the First Presidential Debate. It was almost as if it were planned. I'm going to keep my eyes on jobs even more closely from now to the end of the year.

Thanks, Jenn


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Some of our readers are thinking of the govt jobs report of 114,000 new jobs in September when they read this article, but the advertized additional jobs I reference are in early October instead, and also appeared largely the day after the 1st debate. We wonder why/how this happened?


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That is great and I definitely voted up.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I hope we can keep job numbers climbing and not lose any by end of October. it will be interesting to see the govt jobs report for October (early in November) to see the comparison of advertized jobs and the govt's statement of new jobs. Will it match? I don't know.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

During Saturday October 6, 2012 another 53,000 jobs were added to advertised listings by midnight. Many of these were in Physical and Occupational Therapy, Retail Sales, Nursing, and Pizza Hut positions; but, a few hundred seasonal jobs showed up in this newest list. Retail Sales and Pizza Hut jobs would be offering the lower paying jobs.


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DeAnn Dodd 4 years ago from Bakersfield, California

The unemployment rate is calculated buy the number of people in the labor force actively looking for jobs, but this is a very misleading calculation. The labor force is defined by the people that are currently working, plus the people that are receiving unemployment benefits and are actively looking for work. It leaves out all of the people that are no longer eligible for unemployment benefits, underemployed workers (people working below their skill level or only part time when they want full time employment) and discouraged workers (workers that have given up looking for work as they feel they have no chance at attaining employment, i.e. people with felonies, no or little job skills. It also does not take into account college students that need employment but are unable to find work. So, Patty Inglish, you are not mistaken when you suspect that the actual unemployment statistics are indeed much higher that what is really reported.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for your information. The US has many unemployed or underemployed that are hot highlighted in the news.


e-recruitment 4 years ago

Since after the recession America is drowned under unemployment, so the unemployment rate rises in a high attitude, but after a long period we can found some of the better option for getting jobs in America which will now hit across 5 million.

Definitely a much anticipated increase after recession we are just hope to get bigger opportunities.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I hope that jobs continue to increase, although many now added may be seasonal. We need more jobs!

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