Skip to comments.Why is hiring so much lower than new job openings?
Posted on 08/17/2013 4:17:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Both Dr. James Joyner and Bloombergs Peter Orszag are looking into a rather puzzling pair of statistics from the labor market this week. Posted job openings around the country are up roughly 50%, but new hires have only risen by 5%. What can account for the disparity in these numbers? It would seem that if companies are posting that many more openings, surely hiring should be on the rise in comparable numbers, and yet its not happening.
To get some sense of how significant this is, consider that if, since June 2010, hiring had risen a third as much as advertised jobs have (rather than only a 10th), and nothing else were different, job creation would be roughly 500,000 higher each month, and the unemployment rate would already be back to normal levels.
So what explains the yawning gap between jobs open and jobs filled?
Orszag floats four theories that have been offered:
Theres a mismatch between the skills needed and those available on the market Employers are offering wages too low to attract applicants Jobs are mostly being filled with internal candidates Firms have reduced their recruiting intensity, and just arent that excited to fill openings
He argues pretty good reasons to discount any of these as likely explanations for much of the gap. He concludes,
Regardless of the true explanation, its still good news that more jobs are being advertised. That wouldnt be happening if the economic outlook were entirely bleak.
But, if nobodys hiring, the economic outlook is pretty damned bleak for the unemployed and underemployed.
As with most cases when we attempt to analyze a trend taking place involving tens of millions of people, I suspect the answer isnt just one driving phenomenon, but rather a combination of factors.....
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because the new openings are for minimum wage?
EBT’S are free, work is hard
All kinds of people looking for workers here:
Felonies, suspended drivers licenses, can’t pass a drug
test, unable to read and write functionally, body “art”, etc
are some possible reasons, based on my conversations with
people who are in a position to hire people.
Wages have been stagnant for a dozen years now, as the U.S. government and global banking mobsters continue to devalue the dollar.
Work harder for less and less...As price of nearly everything increases...
I can say in my case that's true. Thankfully I make a very good living salary wise, but the reality is I'm making now what I made back in 2001. Granted what I used to make in Salary + Bonus (and bonus' were never guaranteed back then) I now make in Salary alone, but I no longer get what I'd call a "bonus."
Isn’t it funny, all these employers drug test, yet cops, government public school teachers, the congress, POTUS, Mayors, city council members, county commissioners, judges, etc, are not randomly drug tested. Unlike the lowly slob at Home Depot and others making 10 bucks an hour...I find this very odd.
I happen to be one of them. I applied to many so far nothing. Well I’ll just keep moving forward some how.
Absolutely...No wonder most young people no longer hardly try...Private sector dead stagnate wages, cost of schooling through the flipping roof, with most colleges jammed with foreigners, no benefits, no medical....In fact those things will soon take 50 percent of whatever they make...
Add in the fact the government/globalist are devaluing our dollar, worth less and less, as the price of nearly everything in the U.S. goes up and up and up...
For most young people in the U.S., their futures are totally 100 percent screwed...
Guest worker fraud or the like?
Some of those advertised openings aren’t meant to be filled, but to say that nobody is qualified.
I think that the explanation may be that the job openings are in just a few limited areas of the country (e.g., Texas, the Dakotas) with low unemployment and not where people are looking for jobs locally.
Some employers drag the process out looking for the absolutely perfect fit, which doesn’t exist.
Also, in the high tech biz, the requirements are so specific that only about one in 100,000 people have that SPCIFIC combination of skills and experience. What, they really think they’re going to get away with not having some sort of learning curve for a new hire?
Welcome to reality...The new America....Ya best get in line for a government job...
I know people who worked 25 years for local government, retired at 50 years old, making $80,000 per year on bloated obscene, country killing government retirement pensions. Then they bitch it's not enough...
“I happen to be one of them. I applied to many so far nothing. Well Ill just keep moving forward some how.”
Me too. I drove three hundred miles for a job interview recently. I asked for a fair wage, nothing even fancy. But they want people who will work long hours for peanuts and weren’t even willing to provide benefits or health insurance.
I get sick of these sneering Freepers who act like these companies are so noble and there is something wrong with our work ethic. The traditional way of working your way up isn’t nearly as easy at it used to be.
No kidding. I just had to go for a drug test Friday. I have
to do them before each travel contract I go on (nurse). You
would think as a 55 year old granny who has passed about 10
of them, at some point they would let it go.
Couple of years ago I had hard work but good paying job in tax settlement. The owner put an ad in on Craigslist and had over 400 applicants. He cut our commissions in half. In In one day it went to hard work low paying.
To add insult to injury, the super wealthy globalist insiders, U.S. Gov and their co-conspirators world bankster elite are intentionally and clearly devaluing the dollar...Ever dollar ya make buys less and less and less...It's why even most of those married young people with two incomes are screwed... Their wages are not and will not keep up....Bet the rent.
The 1996 Welfare Reform Act required able-bodied welfare applicants to accept available jobs (Workfare) instead of joining the welfare rolls.
But Obama has allowed state exemptions to this rule, so it’s no wonder fewer people are taking jobs. Everyone just goes on welfare.
Not to mention the fact that since so many people have gone on disability during the Obama years, many fewer Americans each year are considered ‘’able-bodied,’’ and therefore they are not required to accept available jobs.
In tech you will see posts like this:
Must have a portfolio and be willing produce part of our project for free in order to prove you have the skills.
$15.00 per hour. No H1 Visas please.
The lowly slob making 10 bucks an hour at Home Despot drives a fork-lift around customers. That's why he gets drug tested.
If drug testing is such a wonderful thing, I want to see a lot more of it: Congressmen, Senators, President, Secretaries, Generals. Oh, Welfare recipients first in line. They're most likely to redirect their handouts to the black market for drugs. Watch them pee, can't have cheating.
I learned during my working years that many companies list jobs, even though they did not have job openings or they already had someone in mind to fill those jobs.
One reason was to explore the available talent as they worked on prosals for new contracts. They could get a ‘feel’ for how many potential qualified employees were in a particular area.
Another reason was to fulfill state and/national regulations, such as a job had to be posted x number of days to the general public before it could be filled.
FReepmail me your resumes, I’ll try to find something. Been a career counselor and recruiter since 1983.
Job opens up, illegal get job and since he is not reflected in the labor pool the number of unemployed does not go down. Then the guy can’t hack the job; Terminate and repeat.
And cops with guns? Judges passing down sentences making decisions affecting many peoples entire lives?
How about Potus, congress, they mayor and city council where you live? Do these people's decisions not affect hundreds, thousands and millions?
How about the drug testers? Did you know they are not randomly drug tested, yet they have your live and many others in their hands?
But randomly drug test home depot boy?
What's up with that Mr. Liberty?
They said of course not, and gave me a real arrogant look...
This is what I'm talking about..
I don’t like drug testing. I don’t like the “drug war.” But I am simply pointing out the rational behind wanting the Home Depot guy being tested for drugs. What more can I say, Mr. Dragnet?
I think I listed for testing about everybody you say I’d exempt from testing, so I’ll come back later on, if at all. I’m just not in the mood for folks who don’t read what I wrote.
That reminded me of a technical editor job I applied for about 15 years ago.
In order to check my capabilities, they handed me a 100 page manual and wanted me to mark it up.
Yeah, right. They wanted me to mark it up, so that they didn’t need to hire some. I had had some similar experiences with other potential ‘employers’.
I marked up the first 10 pages and wrote a note that that would give them an idea of my capabilities. Of course, I never heard from them again.
Another time, I was being interviewed by a guy who wanted to start of Technical Writing Department in his small company. He asked me all kinds of questions and had me walk him through the process I would use to establish the department.
He was writing furiously as I talked.
At the conclusion of the interview, he said they would let me know.
Next I ‘heard’ was an ad in the newpaper wanting someone to set up a Technical Writing Department. The requirements were to set it up according to certain steps. Ironically, most of those steps were word-for-word how I defined them to the guy a few weeks earlier. The salary listed was about half of what I told them I would need, and the newspaper ad put the salary in the range of a glorified clerk’s salary.
Wait a minute Mr. Liberty, you’re all for randomly testing low wage home depot employees but not randomly tesing judges, cops with guns, school teachers, congress and the drug testers themselves?
Problem #1: how much do you trust government statistics?
Ya got half the adults in this country working part time now...We all know why...Half the country is making mid-1990s wages....Now their told they have no more benefits or medical and now they have to pay thousands for that out of their phony pay checks...
All this while the cost of everything climbs up and up...
We're screwed bad...
“I learned during my working years that many companies list jobs, even though they did not have job openings or they already had someone in mind to fill those jobs.”
I know for a fact that many companies post their openings for a minimum of two weeks even if they already know who they want to hire or if they’re going to hire at all. A job posting does not equate a legitimate “open” position for which a company is looking to hire an outsider to fill it. This may be a Federal labor thing, I don’t know.
I was out of work for almost a year in 2009. I submitted literally thousands of resumes and would receive a response about every 200 or so. After 10 months I was lucky enough to find a job as a temp employee making 2/3’s what I had been making prior. Spent a year there and then found a regular full-time job making a little more but it was much more stable. Been there three years and now it looks like I’m going to move on to my current employer’s parent company with a healthy raise.
It’s only taken me 4 years to get back to what I was making 8 years ago. But, Hell, plenty others have it worse.
80+ hours a week, crap, I’d be falling asleep driving my Blazer home. The downside is who’s gonna take care of Mom and my two cats if I go out in a flaming fireball on the highway where there ain’t enough of me to pick up with a spatula. I’m not against working hard, but geez, there is a limit.
Im curious if their data include temp position’s being filled. That’s all that’s out there right now in Houston. I just had my second job offer fall through as they simply kept it internal. I spent my time and gas money to interview, them knowing the whole time they had a person internally in mind, but HR forced them appear as if the posting was open.
I don’t buy the line about companies not being able to find skilled labor. It’s much more likely they don’t want to train anyone or their expectations are ridiculous. You should see the system admin job postings out there. Many have been up for months, looking for senior level in an insanely broad array of products, but only paying at entry or mid level. I asked an Agency about it and they said it’s been a growing problem. Companies are looking to replace people that have jumped ship and they expect to find someone with nearly the same skill set. They rely on contract work which stifles growth and creates high turn over, then they look down on you as a job hopper because all that is out there are short term contracts. Greed, corrupt culture, and lack of investment in personnel is killing long term job growth in this country and Congress and our idiot Gov leadership are making matters worse.
Year after year it is getting more ridiculous. Companies are paying less, asking for more, and giving less. No more bonuses, no parking reimbursement, zero training or investment. I wont be surprised to see companies offload their computer fee’s on their workforce by charging a rental fee.
We are screwed, the question now is, “how long do we have before the music stops” and things fly apart?
Because the federal government pays able bodied people not to work.
My bet the wheels come off prior to Obama going back to Chicago.
Because by law they have to advertise for employment even though they already know which relative or illegal will have the job. They love to pay under the table.
I have spent the last four years working to move up to higher management levels in keeping with my experience. Recently, my company redefined the job descriptions so that the next level has been brought down to where I am now, so that not only will I not be moving up, many of those who are at the old higher levels will be stepped down. They say that I will have an equal chance to move up to the new next level, but I am already seeing that is not going to be reality. The ones who are facing massive pay cuts will get first shot at the limited number of positions. Who knows how long it will be before I get a shot at the new next level? I suspect that the next step is to cut hours of the hourly workers at my level to avoid Obamacare mandates.
Wow sorry to hear about your mom. All this makes it more difficult but glad to hear that at least she is feeling a little better and that gives you a sense of continuing. Why don’t you send your resume to 2ndVet, I guess he won’t mind.
Head hunters advertising to reach one certain individual for the purpose of stealing him/her from one company for another.
Pretty much to get a job, you already have to have one.