U.S. Job Openings Rise in July; Up 30% Since Last Year

Companies are looking to hire again, a hopeful sign in an economic slump marked by high unemployment.

The number of U.S. job openings increased 6.2% month-over-month in July and surged 30% from a year earlier, the U.S. Labor Department said in a report released earlier today. U.S. companies posted 3.04 million job openings in July, up from 2.86 million in June and 2.34 million in July 2009, according to the Labor Department.

Hospitality companies boosted job openings by 18% between June and July, while health-services and education organizations offered 9.4% more job openings, according to the report. Construction job openings, while far fewer than most other industries, jumped 43% in July.

Whether job openings mean more jobs still remains to be seen. The number of July job hires, at 4.23 million, was little changed from June, though was up 4.2% from a year earlier. The number of job openings in July also trails the number of U.S. employment opportunities that were available when the recession began in December 2007. That month, there were about 4.4 million job openings, according to the Labor Department.

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themanindbox

I hate these idiots... Why is it that they say that the job morket is rebounding with a 30% decrease in unemployment? Where do they get these numbers? What they dont seem to factor in is the underemployed, the new out of school graduates, and the people who are not collecting unemployment, or have been out so long that they have lost there unemployment insurance. So then lets be more realistic, 15% decrease, as Mcdonnald is hiring and the rest are just screwed totally as there are no jobs or unemployment insurance anymore. I was out of work for 6 months and took a position making 40% less with 50% more work then the position i lost as it went to India. (Robert & Lista, I have one for you - I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson)

September 09 2010 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mrskrip

these are all jobs payed by tax payer money ...o-boy ..lets raise our taxes to bay for more jobs ...who's back ward thinking is this ....in early 1960 every thing we buy was made here in the usa (those were jobs) now nothing is made in the usa ... WHATS missing here .....oh ya ..real jobs......

September 09 2010 at 4:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert & Lisa

The more government parasites Obama hires, the weaker our country becomes. And just as parasites left unchecked will kill a host animal, they will kill us. The right to tax is the right to destroy.

September 08 2010 at 9:41 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Robert & Lisa

The more people Obama has working for the government the less products and services are produced so that means a standard of living decrease. If you have 3 people producing in the private sector and 1 government worker what happens when you have only 2 people producing and 2 on the government bandwagon? What if 3 people go to the government? Standard of living continues to fall and we end up like Mexico. How is it, the average worker in Mexico makes $6 a day and yet they boost the richest man in the world? Big government produces poverty for the masses as in Cuba, Mexico, Iran, Egypt, North Korea...

September 08 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
bernieamf

According to the Dept of Labor? Yaaa- sure, I believe that.

September 08 2010 at 6:06 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply