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Hiring Trends: Hourly jobs increase as businesses look to attract drifting workers

Highlights

Overall, hourly jobs are up 172% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 3% month-over-month decline, and a 31% year-over-year growth. Google searches for hourly jobs are up 27% from this time last year.

On the US hiring front, businesses continue to seek answers to an off-balanced labor market. As summer hiring gears up, employers are confronted with nearly twice as many job openings as workers willing to fill them. This has led to a job vacancy rate of 7%, according to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics findings. 

This problem is being further exasperated in industries with lower pay and less flexibility, as unsatisfied workers look to “level up” to positions that better align with their preferences. A recent article discusses how hourly blue-collar workers are moving to “new-collar” jobs that utilize tech skills (and offer higher wages and more flexibility). 

To combat this reduction of labor, many businesses are increasing wages and benefits. 

An example is Walmart, hoping to help alleviate the supply-chain disruption by  offering first-year truck drivers a starting salary as high as $110,000 per year (the premium median was $88,000). A Walmart spokesperson noted that the pay increase will “help us continue to hire aggressively to meet all-time high demand from customers.” 




While inflation and interest rates dominate economic news, on the hiring front US businesses continue to focus on filling summer positions. With consumer demand rising, the pressure is on for employers to adjust their hiring practices to meet the changing demands of today’s hourly workers.

Jobs

All industry data is from 3/2/20-4/12/22

Here are the latest overall job numbers:

Overall jobs are up 172% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 3% month-over-month decline, and a 31% year-over-year growth. Google searches for hourly jobs are up 27% from this time last year.



Here are the latest job numbers by industry:

Food & Restaurant jobs are up42.33% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a -0.69% month-over-month decline, and a 0.69% year-over-year growth.


Hotel & Hospitality jobs are up46.41% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a -1.54% month-over-month decline, and a -16.38% year-over-year decline.


Healthcare jobs are up96.89% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a -6.43% month-over-month decline, and a 6.63% year-over-year growth.


Retail jobs are up50.21% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a -2.13% month-over-month decline, and a 15.43% year-over-year growth.


Warehouse & Production jobs are up701.72% compared to pre-pandemic norms, seeing a 4.54% month-over-month gain, and a 69.85% year-over-year growth.


Workers

Google searches for hourly jobs are up 27% year-over-year.



The bottom line

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Mathieu Stevenson |
Mathieu Stevenson is the CEO of Snagajob. His first hourly job was as a lifeguard.