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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