Skip to comments.There are now more job openings than unemployed workers in the US
Posted on 06/05/2018 4:37:33 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
There are now more job vacancies than unemployed workers to fill them in the U.S. for the first time since 2000.
Data released on Tuesday by the Labor Department showed a record 6.7 million job openings in the U.S. in April, a slight increase from 6.63 million in March.
The data also showed just 6.35 million workers categorized as unemployed, down from 6.59 million in March.
Never before have we had an economy where the number of open jobs exceeds the number of job seekers, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said, according to the LA Times. This administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans have the necessary skills to access good, family-sustaining jobs.
The manufacturing of long-lasting durable goods, including airplanes and machinery, saw some of the biggest increases in job vacancies in April, in addition to the information sector.
The business-services industry saw more openings than any other industry with 1.3 million in April. And the health care and social services industry trailed behind with 1.2 million openings combined in April.
The Labor Department categorizes people as employed if they received any paid work during the week the monthly survey was conducted, which includes part-time and temporary work.
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Time for the millions of discouraged workers to come back into the labor force. And time for the disabled to do a trial work period if they are up to it.
The key word is "categorized". The participation rate is still very low, which means there are a lot of people out there without work.
They are looking for excuses to bring in more H1B and H2B workers. We should resist that temptation.
Yes, but the people with the skills you need are not available, or are not interested in your opening. It is quite hard to find really suitable people for many jobs.
Correction: There are now more job vacancies than the unemployed
Very poor newspapers and fewer. It will he harder to advertise help wanted ads.
Actually, it is possible to find a fair number of ‘unemployed’ guys who are working. They don’t want to take a job because it would interfere with their business ventures.
I have known a guy who has been on disability for over 12 years now since his fiftieth birthday. He is as disabled as I am and 8 years younger. All he does is smoke pot all day and mooch off of other folks (like myself until i go wise to his act). You could not get this miscreant to do a days work. It would be easier to draw blood out of an oyster.
Unfortunately, this is typical behavior.
Part of the reason for this is because in a normal recovery, people re-enter the job market. The ones who stopped looking for work and thus, were no longer considered “unemployed”, start looking again and temporarily drive up the unemployment rate. We need that. Right now, we still have historically low labor force participation. That is a problem. Some of that is Baby Boomers retiring but a lot of it is people being too comfortable living off of Welfare, Food Stamps, Obamacare, SSI disability, etc. Trump needs to start cutting those programs drastically — especially SSI disability and Food Stamps. They blew up under Obama.
No doubt tens of thousands of very experienced retired/older workers who already worked 20-30-40 years, would likely be happy take on part time work, but employers don't offer many part time positions.
I'd guess it would be in the best interest of business to change their business models in regards to part time work.
Seems like a no brainer.
Not in my town. Sounds like we better not build that wall then. O wait, howxmany more H1Bs did we get a few weeks ago? American kids last.
Yeah...try being 55+. They still don’t want to talk to you.
BS, Start clearing out the Welfare rolls and Make them WORK!!
I ain’t saying I don’t believe this, but WHERE are these jobs? I’m unemployed and looking in upstate NY, Orange County NY and Roanoke VA, and there’s not much if you’re not highly specialized.
Seriously, who here has seen on Regional Help Wanted or any other job search engine a plethora of unfilled jobs? I need to move somewhere.
there is a good segment of people that were not being counted in the unemployment numbers because of the length of time they were unemployed.....I would love to see if the long term unemployed numbers are going down. unfortunately I don’t think that we have ever kept track of those numbers.
I suffered a devastating stroke in 2014. I was in a coma for six weeks. Inpatient rehab for 6 months. Outpatient rehab for three months. My employer fired me for having a stroke. I was told that I wouldntCOULDNTever again compete for a job. Hospital personal insisted that I apply for disability. I was told that the hospital gets patients like me complete lifetime disability all the time. Only one problem...I wanted to work and refused to just be a parasite on society.
I had to learn to talk, eat, sit up, walk. I surpassed everyones prognosis. Went back to work in December of that year. Today I work a full time job making great money and supervise others an a very competitive industry.
I hold those who can do work but instead live off of disability with great disdain. I was told I couldnt. And I fought to prove them all wrong. I live with my teenage daughter since my wife decided to abandon me while I was in the hospital. I survived and prosper every day. May all of us continue to fight the good fight.
you are a brave man
The heads of the local healthcare system said that they are planning to import labor and the said that they cannot raise wages to attract good workers.
This is one of the most affluent healthcare systems on the east coast.
They were clear that they want third world slaves who will also use food stamps and welfare.
It is BS....can’t get a call back. It is a ploy to open up the H1B spigot. I know dozens of older STEM folks in the same boat.
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