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Job Openings Increase in August From a Year Ago

Society for Human Resource Management (09/04/14) Theresa Minton-Eversole

More employers had increases in salaried job openings in August compared with a year ago, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. A net total of 22.9% of manufacturers reported increases in exempt vacancies for the month, up 9.1 points from a year ago. In the service sector, a net total of 20.8% of respondents reported increases in exempt vacancies, up 7.9 points from a year ago.

August also marked four-year highs for employers reporting increases in hourly job openings. A net total of 30.8% of manufacturing respondents reported that nonexempt vacancies rose for the month, up 15.3 points from a year ago. In services, a net total of 25.3% of respondents reported an increase in nonexempt vacancies, up 7 points from a year ago. This is the third consecutive month that those net totals have reached four-year highs in both sectors. Recruiting difficulty for August also reached four-year highs in both sectors.