Where are the jobs? Education and health services, that’s where.

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“Where exactly are these jobs you keep talking about?”

That is one of the questions we frequently receive here at The Work Buzz. And we do our best to point you in the right direction. Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics made locating these open positions a simpler task by releasing the current January Job Openings and Labor Turnover Report.

It’s a lengthy release, so we’ll just give you some of the highlights.

  • On the last day of January, there were 2.7  million job openings
  • The job openings rate increased to 2.1 percent, which is the highest it’s been since February of last year
  • Over the 12-month period ending in January, 48.4 million workers gained employment and 52.4 million workers separated from their jobs (a figure that includes both layoffs and resignations). Therefore the period saw a loss of 4 million workers.

Which industries have the most job openings?

The most opportunities exist in education and health services, where you can 620,000 positions were open at the end of January. In the same month 520,000 were hired into this industry, suggesting that employers are actively trying to get people onboard as soon as possible.

Professional and business services have the second highest amount of openings with 508,000. Trade, transportation and utilities come in third, with a respectable 482,000 available positions.

And perhaps the best news:

The layoffs and discharges rate fell over the year in many industries, including construction, durable goods manufacturing, nondurable goods manufacturing, wholesale trade, information, finance and insurance, real estate and rental and leasing, and other services. Regionally, the rate fell over the year in 3 of the 4 regions—Midwest, Northeast, and South. The layoffs and discharges rate did not rise over the year in any industry or region.

Not only are jobs waiting for the right candidate (you!), but industries aren’t laying off and discharging workers at the same rates as last year. I think we all want some good news, so we’ll take it.

9 Comments
  1. I read in The Work Buzz that one of the industries with the most opportunities is education. Where are they? I am a former school teacher looking for employment as a teacher or in a related field; not having much luck.

  2. Do you have any idea on a national average what is the length of time to hire employees, particularly in healthcare? I’m sure it varies per company and per field, but thought you might have some info on an average for businesses…like 30 days, 60 days, etc.

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  4. there are many hospitals that are laying off staff, putting hiring freezes, and many new grads without a possibility of find a job as an RN. Healthcare may have needs sometime in the future, but at present it doesn’t look like a veritible hiring market anytime soon.

  5. U betcha teaching and education jobs have vanished
    so have Daycare directors/administrators, I have 3 earned accredited degrees plus and new child care director’s credential that are NOT worth the paper and ink to document their existence. Educators with experience like that have become and are the throw away and despised poster children of the 21st century!!!!!

  6. U betcha teaching and education jobs have vanished
    so have Daycare directors/administrators, I have 3 earned accredited degrees plus and new child care director’s credential that are NOT worth the paper and ink to document their existence. Educators with experience like that have become and are the throw away and despised poster children of the 21st century!!!!!

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