Out of two dozen industries analyzed, agriculture had the second most notable decrease in hiring during 2018-2019. Overall industry hiring was down 11.1 percent, second only to the arts, which was down 13.7 percent.
According to the most recent report by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, businesses posted nearly 7.6 million jobs at the beginning of 2019, indicating a shift within the labor market and hiring. Despite this, there are currently around 1 million more open jobs than there are unemployed workers. Interestingly however, the unemployment rate remains unchanged at 3.8 percent as of March 2019, with the number of unemployed people in the U.S. equating to around 6.2 million.
To explore the subject further, digital marketing agency Reboot Digital Marketing analyzed the latest findings found within the report The Workforce Report March 2019 by LinkedIn to further understand the industries with the largest hiring shifts over the last year.
According to the report, over 155 million U.S. workers have LinkedIn profiles, with over 3 million new jobs posted on the site every month. However, despite this, gross hiring across all U.S. industries was down 2.9% compared to February 2018.
Despite the evolution of technology, it seems the demand for more traditional/public service positions will not be disappearing anytime soon. Remarkably, a surprising industry that has seen the highest increase in hiring is “Public Safety” at +6.4% year-on-year.
Ranking just after Public Safety, Reboot Digital Marketing can also reveal the next five industries that had the highest notable increase in hiring between February 2018- 2019 were:
Software and I.T Services (+4.6%), Corporate Services (+4%), Public Administration (+2.1%), and both Wellness & Fitness, and Transportation & Logistics with +0.5%.
At the other end of the scale, Reboot Digital Marketing found that the following 10 industries had the largest most notable decreases in hiring from 2018-2019:
Arts (-13.7%), Agriculture (-11.1%), Consumer Goods (-8.4%), Retail (-8.1%), Hardware & Networking (-7.7%), Entertainment (-7.7%), Construction and Manufacturing (-6.6%) and finally Design as well as Real Estate with -6%.
Shai Aharony, Managing Director of Rebootonline.com said, “Our digital agency has grown over the last two years and recruiting skilled people is essential to our expansion. We have large numbers of candidates applying for roles; however, they often do not possess the correct skills or relevant work experience in the IT and marketing field. If you are looking for employment in a particular industry, make sure your CV reflects your talent in this area. Take a course or gain additional qualifications relevant to the job role which makes you enticing to prospective employers. Internships and work experience are also valuable tools to gain knowledge and bridge the skills gap.”