In July, the number of jobs available in the United States climbed to 10.9 million, a new record high, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.

Health care and social assistance added the most positions, followed by finance and insurance, as well as hotels and restaurants.

America’s tight labor market continues to face a staggering disconnect between the number of jobs available and the number of people out of work.

Even as managers across the board are looking for workers, the number of hires stood at just 6.7 million in July.

While companies are ramping up efforts to rehire staff to meet demand and reopen fully, workers remain worried about the virus risk and child care availability. The generous pandemic-era jobless benefits, along with the sheer number of jobs available, also create conditions in which workers can afford to wait for a better job rather taking the first one that comes along.

But now the Delta variant is threatening to exacerbate the mismatch.

In August, the economy added just 235,000 jobs, far fewer than economists had expected. Restaurants and bars even lost jobs as rising Covid-19 cases are on the rise due to the more infectious Delta variant.

But the BLS report on job openings lags the government’s monthly jobs tally. So it will take a little longer until the full scale of Delta’s impact on this summer will become clear.

The job openings report “provides a different picture of the labor market … but it is decidedly a bit out of date as fast-changing as the recovery and pandemic has been the last year and a half,” said Elise Gould at the Economic Policy Institute.

What Wednesday’s report can tell us is this: “Demand for workers was still growing before the Delta variant impacted the US economy,” said Nick Bunker, director of research at the Indeed Hiring Lab, in emailed comments.

America’s leisure and hospitality industry bore the brunt of the pandemic job losses, but its recovery was also rampant. This was still true in July, when particularly hotels and restaurants added job openings.

“The big uncertainty is how much of a blow did the latest surge in the pandemic deal to demand,” Bunker added.

Job openings outnumbered the unemployed by more than 2 million in July as companies struggled to fill a record number of vacancies, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.

The department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, which the Federal Reserve watches closely for signs of slack in employment, showed 10.9 million positions open. That was much higher than estimates of 9.9 million, and also the June total of 10.18 million.

That number swamped the 8.7 million level of those out of work and looking for jobs in July. JOLTS data runs a month behind the regular nonfarm payrolls report, which reported growth of 1.05 million for July.

Hiring slowed sharply in August, with payrolls growing by just 235,000 even as the total unemployed dipped to just shy of 8.4 million.

The rate of job openings measured against the total labor force swelled to 6.9 percent in July, up from 6.5 percent the previous month and 4.6 percent a year ago.

The rate jumped to 10.7 percent from 10.2 percent in the critical leisure and hospitality field, which suffered the most during the Covid-19 pandemic. Openings rose to 1.82 million, a total gain of 134,000 from June.

Financial activities also saw a big gain in openings, with the rate rising to 5.8 percent from 3.8 percent, representing more than 200,000 new positions available. Government openings also increased substantially, to 4.6 percent from 4.2 percent, or a gain of nearly 100,000.

Regionally, the Northeast rate rose to 7 percent from 6.2 percent. Despite being hit hardest by new Covid cases, the South continued to have the highest level of job openings at 7.1 percent, an increase of 226,000 from June.

The hires rate actually dipped for the month, to 4.5 percent from 4.7 percent, while the quits rate, seen as a barometer of worker confidence, was unchanged at 2.7 percent. Layoffs and discharges nudged higher to 1 percent.

The number of job openings in the U.S. economy jumped to more than 10 million in June, the highest on record, as the U.S. labor market continues a choppy recovery from last year’s economic shutdowns, the Labor Department said Monday.

There were 10.1 million open jobs on the final day of June, the report said, up from 9.2 million in May. Economist polled by Dow Jones were expecting 9.1 million openings. The jump came as the quits rate increased while the layoffs and discharges rate was unchanged, reflecting increased bargaining power and employment options for workers.

By industry, leisure and hospitality show one of the highest level of job openings at more than 1.6 million. Health care and social assistance has 1.5 million openings.

A ‘We’re Hiring!’ sign is posted at a Starbucks on August 06, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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“Labor demand keeps getting stronger. This is the third straight month of record-breaking job openings,” Indeed Hiring Lab director of research Nick Bunker said in a note. “The quits rate is also close to its all-time high, which was set just two months ago in April. This wave of demand will eventually recede, but job seekers should ride it until then.”

Despite the unemployment rate remaining above 5% and the U.S. economy being millions of jobs short of pre-pandemic levels, many businesses have reported difficulty finding workers. Nominal wage gains, especially among non-management employees, also points to a tighter labor market.

The job openings survey was conducted before the July jobs report released last week which showed the economy adding 954,000 jobs. Hiring has accelerated during the summer after some disappointing results earlier in the year.

The Labor Department said in Friday’s jobs report there were 8.7 million Americans looking for work, meaning there were more open jobs than potential workers. To be sure, improving economies and tight labor markets can bring workers off of the sidelines and back into the labor force.

The high level of job openings comes even as some states have ended the extra unemployment benefits that were created during the pandemic in an effort to motivate Americans to return to work. The extra benefits are set to expire for the rest of the country next month.

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A woman walks by a “Now Hiring” sign outside a store on August 16, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia.

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You don’t have to go far to see a “now hiring” sign these days, as certain industries struggle to bounce back amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

For some workers, it may be a good time to change careers.

While millions of Americans are still unemployed, some industries can’t hire fast enough to meet demand. The unemployment rate fell slightly to 5.4% in July but remains higher than pre-pandemic. Those claiming unemployment insurance benefits fell to a pandemic-era low of 2.82 million in the week ending Aug. 14, although it is still elevated.

At the same time, job openings surged to an all-time high of 10.1 million at the end of June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (the data lags the unemployment report by one month.) That means there’s roughly one unemployed person per open job, according to the data.

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But just because there are many jobs open overall doesn’t mean that is necessarily the case for your specific industry. Before starting a new job search, or even leaving employment without something else secured, you should do your research on what’s going on in your industry, experts say.

“Nationwide, there are two active online applications for every unemployed American right now, but that’s not the case everywhere,” said Julia Pollak, chief labor economist at ZipRecruiter.

If you’re in leisure, hospitality or another service industry, you’ll likely have a much easier time finding a job than in other sectors. There’s also a premium for remote work right now — some 55% of applicants want a remote job but only 10% of companies offer them, according to Pollak.

Identify what you want in a new job

If you are looking to move jobs, especially in a field where there’s a lot of demand for new workers, you likely have more leverage than before the pandemic to negotiate, according to Paul Wolfe, senior vice president of human resources at Indeed.

“The pandemic has shifted our perspectives on what’s important,” he said. “Job seekers have wanted it for a while, and now they’re going to get it.”

That means that going into a new job, you should be very clear on what you’re looking for and do the research to make sure companies align with your needs, be it a higher salary, more vacation time or flexible remote work, according to Wolfe.

In the interview process, he recommends asking questions to ensure the company will give you what you want, especially around greater flexibility for remote work, which is a top characteristic people are looking for.

“Job seekers have to do their homework,” Wolfe said. “Come with your list, ask questions and if

STAUNTON — The words “now hiring” can be seen on almost every business sign through Staunton. 

Area businesses are trying everything to get people in the door and behind the counter to work, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Restaurants have cut hours and even closed on days they used to be open. Hotels are working with skeleton crews and doubling up on jobs to get things done. Job fairs are being held with extra bonuses for those who apply. 

While local businesses are struggling to fill open positions, the state’s unemployment rate is dropping. The rate fell to 4.2% in July, which is 3.7 percentage points below the rate from last year.

The problem is, no one really knows why this is happening. 

Laura Leduc, a professor in James Madison University’s department of management, said there’s a number of factors of why people aren’t returning to work. A couple reasons may include: there’s more risk in going into work now with little reward; or finding childcare is a daunting task; also wages have stagnated for decades. 

“Women who have young kids can’t find daycare options or maybe don’t have schools that are open or the schools might reopen, but then there might be a quarantine again,” she said. “It’s just really hard to think about being a working parent, and having a child at home and not having any place for that child to go potentially during the day. So, for that segment of the population, that’s a huge detractor from going back into the workforce.”

Another issue Leduc brought up is a skills gap in the workforce. There are a lot of jobs out there with employers looking for a certain skill set. With a shortage of workers, that pool of workers with that specific skill grows even smaller. Unless, the company is willing to provide training, which means it would take more time to get an employee on board and trained than one who is and can immediately start. Either way, there’s a huge lag time. 

“Organizations first try to find people with the skills because that’s more efficient,” she said.

Then, it gets to the point where we are currently — a labor shortage and a lack of skilled workers. Leduc said companies need to invest more in getting employees trained and also have higher wages. 

“There are people out there who would rather get unemployment benefits than work, but I suspect that that’s actually a small sliver of what’s really going on and what’s really driving this … uncertainty about childcare is a big concern for many people. And then the skills gap I think is a concern for many organizations,” she said. 

So why now?

“When there’s a crisis it reveals underlying problems that were already there,” Leduc said. “Sometimes it creates new problems too, but oftentimes it just reveals these areas that were problematic already, but weren’t a big enough problem to invest the time and resources into fixing.”

A patron at Second Draft at the Blackburn Inn in Staunton on Aug. 26, 2021.

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More than nine million Americans said in May that they wanted jobs and couldn’t find them. Companies said they had more than nine million jobs open that weren’t filled, a record high.

As the economy reopens, the process of matching laid-off workers to jobs is proving to be slow and complicated, a contrast to the swift and decisive layoffs that followed the initial stage of the pandemic in early 2020.

The disconnect helps to explain why so many companies are complaining about having trouble filling open positions so early in a recovery. It also helps to explain why wages are rising briskly even when the unemployment rate, at 5.9% in June, is well above the pre-pandemic rate of 3.5%. The relatively high jobless rate suggests an excess of labor supply that in theory should hold wages down.

This has implications for policy makers: Sand in the wheels of the labor market could cause inflation pressures that spur Federal Reserve policy makers to pull back on low interest rate policies meant to support growth. In the longer-run, on the other hand, the slow matching process could have benefits, leaving workers in jobs they prefer and the economy more efficient.

Several factors are behind the development: Many workers moved during the pandemic and aren’t where jobs are available; many have changed their preferences, for instance pursuing remote work, having discovered the benefits of life with no commute; the economy itself shifted, leading to jobs in industries such as warehousing that aren’t in places where workers live or suit the skills they have; extended unemployment benefits and relief checks, meantime, are giving workers time to be choosy in their search for the next job.

A woman holds fliers for a job fair for restaurant and hotel workers, after coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions were lifted, in Torrance, near Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

WASHINGTON, July 7 (Reuters) – U.S. job openings rose slightly to a new record high in May and hiring dipped, a sign that the economy could still be struggling with labor shortages as coronavirus restrictions eased across the country.

Job openings, a measure of labor demand, rose by 16,000 to 9.2 million on the last day of May, the Labor Department said in its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS report, on Wednesday.

Hiring also dipped to 5.9 million in May from 6.0 million in the prior month. The government reported last Friday that job growth accelerated in June as U.S. companies hired the most workers in 10 months. read more

“The latest survey data suggest that labor shortages remain acute,” said Andrew Hunter, an economist at Capital Economics.

The number of people re-entering the workforce has lagged job openings as the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 9 million people remain officially unemployed. A lack of affordable childcare in particular has been blamed for keeping workers, mostly women, on the sidelines while others have stayed home due to lingering fears about the virus.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast job openings would rise to 9.39 million in May. Vacancies were little changed in all four regions and the job openings rate was unchanged at 6.0%.

Unfilled vacancies increased by 109,000 in other services and there were an additional 46,000 job openings in state and local government education. Vacancies declined in state and local government and the federal government.

The report also showed the number of people voluntarily leaving their employment in May fell to 3.6 million from 4.0 million in April, although quits levels still rose in the leisure and hospitality, and accommodation and food services sectors. The quits rate is usually seen as a barometer of job market confidence.

People quitting their jobs now accounts for more than two-thirds of all job separations and remains well above pre-pandemic levels.

Economists generally expect the labor crunch to ease in the fall as schools reopen and government-funded unemployment benefits cease while cautioning the labor supply may continue to be lower due to pandemic-related retirements.

Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir; Editing by Andrea Ricci

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Job openings held at a record high of 9.2 million in May while resignations dropped slightly from a historic peak, according to data released Wednesday by the Labor Department.

The number of open jobs on the final business day of May changed little from the peak set in April. Quits fell to 3.6 million from a record high of 3.9 million in April, but remained well above levels seen earlier in the year.

“It’s a job seeker’s market as worker demand remains at record highs,” said Daniel Zhao, senior economist at Glassdoor, in a Wednesday analysis.

“Elevated quits emphasize that labor shortages are a double whammy for employers — it’s not just harder to hire workers, it’s also harder to retain them.”

The U.S. added 850,000 jobs in June, rising sharply from gains of 583,000 in May and 278,000 in April, as industries hit hardest by the pandemic began hiring in droves. Even so, businesses in the leisure, hospitality and retail industries have struggled to bring in enough workers to keep up with soaring consumer demand.

Restaurants, bars and hotels created 89,000 new openings in May before hiring 340,000 workers in June, but were also one of the only sectors where resignations continued to rise. 

“While no longer at record levels, the high level of quits means workers are still confident enough to leave their jobs for a new one,” Zhao said. 

Industries hit hard during the pandemic have seen higher levels of turnover, wage pressure and competition for a smaller pool of applicants. While the U.S. is 6.8 million jobs down from February 2020, millions of Americans who lost their jobs have yet to take to offers or even begin looking for jobs.

A lack of child care options, health concerns and a hesitance to take high-intensity jobs with relatively lower pay are among some obstacles keeping potential workers on the sidelines.

It will likely take another month, however, to assess the impact of 26 states pulling out of pandemic-expanded unemployment benefits at the end of last month.

“It also seems reasonable to think that the looming September 6 expiration of enhanced benefits, and the full reopening of schools and childcare at the same time, is generating urgency among people in jobs to switch now, when employers are desperate. The labor market could become much more crowded in the fall,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, in a Wednesday analysis.

The number of job openings stood near its record of 9.2 million at the end of May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday, suggesting employers will continue to struggle to hire workers.

The 9.2 million was just shy of the record 9.3 million a month earlier.

Openings increased in other services, with 109,000 more jobs, state and local government education, up 46,000, and educational services, which increased by 35,000. Openings decreased in arts, entertainment and recreation, down 80,000. State and local government, excluding education, saw a decrease of 56,000, and the federal government recorded a drop of 17,000.

Employers added 850,000 new workers to their payrolls in June in one of the strongest months yet for the labor market. And the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment dipped to 364,000 last week, its lowest level since March of 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic began.

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However, companies across a wide swath of the economy report significant difficulty filling jobs, with many having to raise wages or other incentives such as hiring bonuses and flexible hours.

According to the National Federation of Independent Business’ monthly jobs report, 46% of small business owners said they had jobs they could not fill, slightly less than in May and more than double the 48-year historical average of 22%.

“In the busy summer season, many firms haven’t been able to hire enough workers to efficiently run their businesses, which has restricted sales and output,” said NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg. “In June, we saw a record high percent of owners raising compensation to help attract needed employees and job creation plans also remain at record highs. Owners are doing everything they can to get back to a full, productive staff.”

After a strong recovery from the pandemic, the economy is expected to slow to a more normal pace in the second half. Some businesses still are having problems getting supplies, while consumers have switched their spending away from big ticket, long-lasting items to dining out, travel and recreation.

“The labor market continues to add jobs, which rose a better-than-expected 850k last month,” Joe LaVorgna, Natixis CIB managing director and chief economist of the Americas, wrote Tuesday. “However, the rate of job growth is down from a peak of 11% in April to 6% in June. Jobless claims are falling but at a slower pace, too. Payroll gains will continue but at a slower pace going forward.”

Jay Denton, chief analyst at ThinkWhy, says many of the issues holding back the job market should soon be resolved.

“Half of U.S. states will end additional unemployment benefits by July 10,” Denton wrote in the report. “While it is not the only factor delaying a faster return to pre-pandemic employment levels, it is having an impact. Early signs point toward declining unemployment totals where the additional $300 weekly payments end early.”

Also, Denton points out that many of the available jobs are in hotels and restaurants, where the pay is

As air travel demand goes up to pre-pandemic levels, the air travel industry is in need of people to join them. You can apply on these sites.

DALLAS — Editor’s note: The video above is from an earlier story.

Looking for a job? You might find it in the North Texan skies. 

As air travel demand goes to pre-pandemic levels, airlines are in desperate need of people up front to cover it. The good news is that WFAA has gathered a list of companies with job openings all over the Dallas Fort Worth area with roles that go from entry level positions to management. There are also options open for flight attendants, pilots, engineers and mechanics.

Here are the airlines and airports waiting for your resume.

DFW Airport

Our DFW Airport is looking to fill more than 30 different jobs in several divisions including infrastructure, finances, customer service, management, maintenance, engineering, and many more. 

You can check all positions available at their website with detailed description of requirements, along with the application process.

If you need help applying, you can email them at [email protected]

American Airlines

American Airlines has more than 100 job openings across the country, and 44 of those are in their headquarters, in the city of Forth Wort. 

They have every option available from customer service, supply chain, and administration. They are looking for flight attendants, pilots, representatives, engineers, and more. 

Get your wings ready to fly and apply here. 

Southwest Airlines

Southwest is in need of full-time customer service representatives, data analysts, engineers, and flight attendants. You can find a full list of the jobs descriptions and get a look into what is available in Dallas at their website

Spirit Airlines

Spirit is also waiting for you to send your resume. For flight attendants, they have multiple openings across the country. Here at the DFW Airport, they are in need of technicians, pilots, and maintenance staff with curriculum. 

But they also have entry-level positions in Dallas with a lot of learning opportunities for stock clerks. If you are interested in getting aviation knowledge with several work benefits, you can apply through their career site.

Mesa Airlines

Mesa Airlines is a regional airline based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are looking for as many North Texans they can to join their company both on air and on the ground for airport operations. 

They are located at the DFW Airport and you can check their job openings here. They need full-time people in charge of their day-to-day operations and crew. They are also looking for mechanics, flight attendants, warehouse clerk, and managers. 

Piedmont Airlines

Piedmont Airlines needs people from coast to coast, but here in Dallas, they are looking for a regional training coordinator to teach QIK Sabre, Net Tracer and Ramp to other team members. 

If you have knowledge in travel industry software and are interested in teaching others, you can apply here.

Hallmark Aviation Services

Hallmark is a