Job Openings on ZipRecruiter Rose 7.4% in July 2020

The number of job openings in the U.S. on ZipRecruiter grew by a robust 7.4% in July after a disappointing 1.5% increase the prior month. 

High-frequency data from the ZipRecruiter employment marketplace show that demand for labor rose throughout the month and had strong momentum heading into August. 

Job openings are still well below their pre-pandemic levels in most of the industries that experienced one-month increases in July. The exception is transportation and storage, where job openings are substantially higher due to the accelerated adoption of e-commerce.

Top 5 Fastest-Growing Industries in July

Industry Percent Change in Job Openings (June–July, 2020) Percent Change in Job Openings (February–July, 2020)
Transportation & Storage +24% +22%
Travel & Tourism +18% -47%
Automotive Industry +18% -29%
Healthcare +16% -39%
Retail +16% -15%
Source: ZipRecruiter, Inc. internal data. The measure of job openings used here is the average daily count of job postings that are active across the ZipRecruiter marketplace and located in the United States.

5 Slowest-Growing Industries in July

Industry Percent Change in Job Openings (June–July, 2020) Percent Change in Job Openings (February–July, 2020)
Legal Industry -1% -43%
Sports & Recreation +4% -52%
Government +4% -34%
Education +4% -46%
Agriculture +4% -28%
Source: ZipRecruiter, Inc. internal data. The measure of job openings used here is the average daily count of job postings that are active across the ZipRecruiter marketplace and located in the United States.

There were substantially fewer job openings in July than there were in February in every state other than West Virginia, but every state in the nation saw job openings rise in July. Increases were largest in states like Nevada, Florida, and Alaska that rely most heavily on tourism and saw the steepest declines at the start of the pandemic. However, increases were fairly high even in sunbelt states that experienced surges in coronavirus cases in June and July.

Julia Pollak

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Julia Pollak is a labor economist at ZipRecruiter. She provides insights and analysis on current labor market trends and the future of work.

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