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Job openings up from last year

Posted on July 8th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

Job board Simply Hired released its July 2013 Employment Outlook today, and recorded a 21.1 percent year-over-year increase in job openings since June 2012. In June, they increased in 18 of 50 major metro areas, and in six of 18 industries. The fields that experienced the most growth were transportation and government. According to Staffing Industry Analysts, this indicates an increased focus on infrastructure.

The continued growth of the U.S. job market largely comes in thanks to temporary workers, who are being hired at a rate greater than permanent employees. These opportunities for contingent employment are in every location and industry, and likely account for some of the increases in cities studied by Simply Hired, as well as some of the increases in the government and transportation fields.

The economic story continues to be one of cautious optimism. Hiring temporary and contract workers accommodates this caution by removing the necessity of promising employment for an indefinite period, and caters to the optimism by enabling businesses to grow their staff.

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