09/14/2022 Nic Gustafson

Monthly Jobs Recap: Jobs are down 3.5% in August, while duration increases

Overall U.S. job listings continue to recede as the unique active job count dropped 3.2% in August. LinkUp’s jobs data, which comes directly from company websites, shows employers are creating fewer jobs (down 1.3%) and also removing more jobs (a 4.2% increase month-over-month). 

As we approach the end of Q3 and start looking to Q4, it is also worth looking at historical seasonality trends. If trends continue as they have since 2018, we can expect labor demand to continue to taper off in the 4th quarter. 

Jobs by state

Job listings declined in almost all states last month. Vermont was the only state with strong growth, with a +4.7% increase in job listings in August. Montana’s job demand grew slightly at +0.2%, and all other states saw a decrease in job listings. Those with the largest declines were WY (-7.9%), OR (-7.8%), MS (-5.9%), WA (-5.5%), and AR (-5.1%).

By industry

Almost 90% of industries saw job listings decrease in August. The Information industry stands out with a 13.4% decline in job listings, a continuation of the drastic drop in job demand we’ve seen in that sector over the last 4 months.

Demand for Accommodation and Food Service workers is waning, down 6% in August. The Professional, Scientific, Technical Services industry also continued to decline.

Only job listings in Public Administration (+0.7) and Retail Trade (+0.3%) increased, and only slightly.

At the occupation level

Looking at labor demand by occupation, job openings in Computer and Mathematical dropped by over 10%, followed by in Personal Care and Services (-7.1%), Management (-7.1%), Arts & Entertainment (-7.0%), and Legal (-6.3%).

Hiring velocity continues to slow

While labor demand and job growth remain quite strong, there is no doubt that the job market is continuing to cool from peak levels in the post-pandemic economy. Not only have job listings declined from their high-water mark in March, but hiring velocity is also slowing down as days-to-fill as measured by Job Duration rose to nearly 50 days in August.

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