U.S. Hiring Trends
Bureau of Labor Statistics Snapshot*
The job market is still tight as job openings and quits remain high, and the unemployment rate hovers near a historic low.
Job openings (January)
Employees who quit jobs (January)
Unemployment rate (February)
Job openings that are remote (February)
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, preliminary and seasonally adjusted
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Hiring Needs Outweigh Economic Uncertainty
- Even amid layoffs in some sectors, many organizations nationwide are hiring, and the labor market remains tight.
- Government, healthcare and professional services drove job growth in Q4 2022.
- Job openings are still near historic highs, and the pool of job seekers continues to shrink.
- Quit rates have also stayed high, and job openings still outnumber candidates nearly 2-to-1.
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Companies’ Hiring Plans
First half of 2023
Hiring for new roles58%
Hiring for vacated positions39%
Second half of 2022
Hiring for new roles46%
Hiring for vacated positions 46%
Workers Worry More About Economy Than Jobs
What concerns them:
Rising prices/interest rates
The overall economy
Ability to find a new job
Employers May See More Turnover in 2023
- More professionals want new jobs now than in the last half of 2022 (see graphs at right) — leaving the onus on employers to boost retention efforts and attract top talent looking for a change.
- Among those most likely to make a move are 18- to 25-year-olds (60%), employees with 2 to 4 years’ tenure (55%) and working parents (53%).
- The potential for career advancement within a company could help retain workers.
Workers planning to seek new jobs in Q1-Q2 2023
Those who planned to seek new jobs in Q3-Q4 2022
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