U.S. Hiring Trends
Bureau of Labor Statistics Snapshot*
The job market is still tight as job openings, quits and unemployment rates have remained steady over the last several months.
Job openings (Dec. 2022)
Employees who quit jobs (Dec. 2022)
Unemployment rate (Jan. 2023)
Job openings that are remote (Jan. 2023)
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, preliminary and seasonally adjusted
Hiring Needs Outweigh Economic Uncertainty
- Even amid layoffs in some sectors, many organizations nationwide are hiring, and the labor market remains tight.
- Government 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.
of hiring managers still face tough challenges in landing new talent.
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
Your Resource for Meeting Today’s Hiring Challenges
Robert Half’s Demand for Skilled Talent uses a proprietary methodology to analyze more than 6 million positions posted on over 100 independent job boards and company websites across the United States over the previous two quarters.
Job roles included in this report span 75 categories within the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) code system for the administrative and customer support, finance and accounting, healthcare support, human resources, legal, marketing and creative, and technology professions.
Robert Half’s analysis removes any repeat postings made within 30 days of the original posting.