Here at LinkUp, we are constantly monitoring and analyzing our job listing data, and each month we highlight trends and share insights. In recapping February 2020 data, we see a snapshot of the job market before coronavirus. A stark contrast to the huge declines we’re are seeing so far in March. Take a look:
Before the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), overall nationwide job openings were up 2.4% in February, down a bit from the 4.6% change we saw in January. In February we saw an increase in job listings in 92% of occupations and 78% of states. Rounding out the top and bottom, jobs in Connecticut were up more than 10%, while jobs in South Dakota were down nearly as much.
A look at hiring across the U.S. shows that while January had a strong rebound from the holiday hiring downturn, the strength has started to wane, likely in part due to employers’ response to coronavirus.
With COVID-19 dominating the news cycle, our job listings data is showing an early view of how employers are responding.
Earlier this week our partner, Larry Green of SmartMarketData, used also LinkUp’s job listing data to publish a report containing research and analysis on the virus’ immediate impact on hiring. Download our COVID-19 Jobs Report - March 2020.
Monitoring will continue
Along with the rest of the world, we’ll keep watching:
- Coronavirus cancelations putting a damper on major events
- New musical methods to up your hand-washing game (lyrics to wash by, popular 20-second songs to sing, and even new hit PSA videos)
- Subscribe to our monthly recap stay updated on noteworthy changes in the U.S. labor market at-a-glance.
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