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Job Market Report: Where Are The Open Jobs?

Posted by Glassdoor Team

Career Advice Experts

Last Updated July 1, 2019
|4 min read

Ever wish you could have a crystal ball to look into the future? To know what city was slated to become the next big tech hub or to uncover which industries are hiring like crazy?

If you answered “yes,” you’re not alone. We also wanted to get a better picture of the future of work and hiring in America, so we looked at millions of job postings on Glassdoor to get a real-time view of job and hiring trends. This isn't the BLS job report which looks at months-old data — we’ve got salary information and open job postings for what’s happening right now.

So where are the open jobs, you ask?

Turns out job growth is slowing. Glassdoor’s latest Job Market Report shows that, in June, job openings rose 1.4% compared to the same period last year. Furthermore, stubbornly low pay growth continues to be a challenge for the recovery, with median base pay rising 1.7% to $53,411 per year from a year ago.

There are bright spots, though. Small businesses have had the largest increases in job openings, signaling strong and broad-based business confidence. On top of that, small businesses have had the most difficulty filling open roles.

Transportation & logistics job openings grew at a whopping 49% in June, faster than any other industry we track. The increase in job openings is mirrored by pay for truck drivers, which rose 4.2%. As increased demand for shipping from the rise of e-commerce tangles with an aging trucking workforce, demand for workers, and subsequently wages, are rising.

The risks of escalating trade tensions with Mexico and China have dampened hiring plans in the manufacturing industry, however. Job openings in manufacturing decreased by 13.4%, continuing a slowdown after a strong 2018. 

Here are the industries with the fastest growth in job openings in our June 2019 Job Market Report, and the jobs with the fastest year-over-year growth in median base pay for full-time U.S. workers in June:

Top 5 Industries with Fastest Growth in Job Openings

Industry Job Openings YoY %
Transportation & Logistics 308,066 49.0%
Information Technology 153,594 20.0%
Government 124,478 19.3%
Media & Publishing 27,389 17.8%
Insurance 74,200 8.7%

Growth in Job Openings and Pay Across 10 Major U.S. Metros

Area Job Openings YoY % Median Base Pay YoY %
U.S. National 5,646,920 1.4% $53,411 1.7%
Philadelphia 107,288 6.3% $57,055 1.7%
Atlanta 119,848 5.9% $54,930 1.8%
Boston 146,152 5.8% $61,958 2.7%
Seattle 109,322 4.3% $63,202 2.4%
Washington DC 177,198 1.4% $61,446 2.1%
Chicago 189,258 0.5% $57,737 1.7%
New York City 293,049 0.2% $63,953 2.4%
San Francisco 142,167 -0.1% $72,467 3.1%
Los Angeles 206,780 -0.3% $62,460 2.5%
Houston 90,858 -7.9% $56,228 0.7%

Top 10 Job Titles with Fastest Pay Growth

Job Title Median Base Pay YoY %
Pharmacy Technician $31,726 7.7%
Insurance Agent $43,668 5.8%
Machine Operator $40,628 5.5%
Restaurant Cook $29,593 5.0%
Emergency Medical Technician $36,030 4.9%
Sales Representative $49,608 4.5%
Truck Driver $55,457 4.2%
Security Officer $36,076 4.0%
Customer Service Representative $38,134 3.8%
Data Scientist $97,637 3.6%

How to Find a Job in a New City

Finding a job is hard enough. Add a long-distance move into the mix, and it becomes even more challenging. Besides just looking at job openings and preparing your application materials, you have to think about booking flights for in-person interviews, searching for housing, networking with the right people and more. It’s enough to drive anyone crazy — so we’ve put together a few tips.

If you’re moving to be closer to your family, or to fulfill a childhood dream of living in a certain area, you’ll already have a location in mind — but if you just want a change of pace, it’s worth researching the many different options available to you. One great place to turn? Glassdoor. The above cities are great places to move if you're looking for a lot of opportunity and great pay.

Besides looking into how a location will impact your career and finances, it’s also worth asking yourself the following questions to determine which place is right for you:

  • What pace of life am I looking for?
  • What sorts of amenities (parks, museums, high-quality public schools, etc.) are important to me?
  • Do I know anyone in the area?
  • What do I want the weather to be like?

Once you answer questions like these, you can research which locations match the qualities you value the most.

Some companies prefer to stick to local candidates only — others are much more willing to accommodate outside job seekers. They may even offer relocation bonuses, which can significantly help you defray the cost of moving. In his study Metro Movers: Where Are Americans Moving for Jobs, And Is It Worth It? Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain identified a handful of the most mover-friendly companies. Here were ten notable companies that made the cut:

As always, keep an eye out for the latest job openings by creating a Job Alert and we'll be back monthly to share the latest Job Market Report!

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