The country had 10.4 million open jobs this month as the worker shortage crisis continues, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed on Friday. This is a modest decrease from the 10.6 million jobs opened in August.
Jobs have increased particularly in the care and health sector and in state and local governments.
“The Delta variant is still visible in the September JOLTS report,” said Nick Bunker, director of economic research at the Indeed Hiring Lab, in comments sent via email. But he noted that “we know from the October jobs report that the labor market has found more stable ground.”
Slowing demand for labor in the leisure and hospitality industry was behind the modest drop in available jobs in September.
The arts, entertainment and recreation sector saw the largest increase in dropouts, followed by other state and local government services and education.
Employers hired 6.5 million people, while layoffs – which include voluntary departures – amounted to 6.2 million. Compared to the large number of jobs available, this highlights the problem of labor shortages in the United States.
In September, the country was still short of 4.7 million jobs compared to February 2020, before the pandemic struck. Job creation slowed in August and September amid the threat posed by the Delta variant, but picked up again in October, as last week’s jobs report showed.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.