U.S. Military, Taco Bell Top List Of Job Openings In August

Military and Taco Bell top job openingsDespite ongoing sluggishness in the U.S. economic recovery and fears of a double-dip recession, the economy continues to create jobs, albeit at a pace many wish would pick up.

Job openings in the U.S. rose 4.5 percent in August compared to July, the second consecutive month of increase, according to analysis of online job postings by SimplyHired.com, an Internet career site.

SimplyHired's reading showed 13 industries increased hiring, while five decreased. The rise suggests employers may be ready to resume hiring following several months of sitting on the sidelines, Reuters noted.

More job openings were found in accounting, finance, agriculture and some scientific fields. Retail-industry jobs saw a gain of nearly 13 percent, indicating retailers are already gearing up for the holiday sales season.

"As expected, job openings continue to remain positive and stable this month due to the start of the fall season," SimplyHired CEO Gautam Godhwani said in a statement accompanying release of the findings. "We anticipate modest continued job growth through the end of the year from seasonal hiring."

Among the five sectors that saw modest declines were travel, real estate and military. Despite the drop in armed-forces hiring, the U.S. Air Force and Army National Guard were among those employers with the most openings.

The Air Force had 134,302 job openings in August, while the Army National Guard had nearly 20,000 listings, making them Nos. 1 and 3 on SimplyHired's list. In second place was fast-food giant Taco Bell, with 24,000 jobs available. Office-products retailer Staples, with 19,551 openings, was No. 4, while Valley Health placed fifth.

SimplyHired's report also ranked metropolitan areas where competition for jobs remains the greatest. Orlando, Fla., New York and Detroit, each had five unemployed people for each job opening, placing them seventh through fifth, respectively.

Competition was stiffer in Sacramento, Calif., Los Angeles and Las Vegas, which placed fourth through second, respectively.

But combined, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla, had the highest ratio of unemployed workers for each available job -- nine job seekers for each advertised position.


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mhsden

Well there already skilled labor they should go far if you cant cut it in the service taco bell would be a good fit

September 12 2011 at 6:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clistman

Adding basic minimum wage jobs is not a plus. Military doesnt really count cause most everyone cant go there and work per se.. Taking away jobs that pay 16 20 dollars an hour and creating a few at 7 or 8 isnt going to cut it..

September 12 2011 at 2:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
malloreon18

America should enlarge its military

September 12 2011 at 12:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
buddy7768

wow! i can join the military and get maimed or killed or go to taco smell and get minimum wage.now i
feel better

September 11 2011 at 6:19 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
toddisit

Here's how it works. The people in the military get their money friom the gov, then they go to eat at Taco Bell, that is why they both lead in jobs! What a combo, I mean look at it, the military and Taco Bell lead in jobs? It's hard to look at without laughing.

September 11 2011 at 4:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
The Martins

Brave new world.

September 11 2011 at 2:44 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
wolflake740

I agree 69usmc73! Put your life on the line for your country, and if you don't get killed for your efforts, you get to come back home and get a job at nasty Taco Bell! A slap in the face and a bottle of vaseline in one fell swoop!

September 11 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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GOBGOTZ

one fell swoop! No, it should be one swell foop.

September 11 2011 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
69usmc73

If I were coming out of the military nowdays this would be a slap in the face. Illegals are getting these jobs for lesser pay ... Who to hell you think ypur kiding.

September 11 2011 at 1:38 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
wasabimon

I PITY ANYONE IGNORANT ENOUGH TO JOIN THE MILITARY-----YOU GIVE UP PRINCIPALS--INTEGRITY---MORALS---SELF AND ALLOW YOURSELF TO DO THE DIRTY WORK FOR THE EVIL ONES------

September 11 2011 at 11:36 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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Jeff

They reported on Fox last week, the Obama administration is thinking of changing the military's pension system, to a 401K type deal.

September 11 2011 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The Martins

Sounds like something the republicants would love. Think of all the money the Wall Street criminals could stuff in their pockets.

September 11 2011 at 2:45 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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lacey

THE MARTINS, sounds like you're an idiot

September 11 2011 at 11:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

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