Online Job Postings Increase, Hinting More U.S. Hiring Ahead

September 1, 2011 ( – A monthly reading of Internet job postings by show U.S. employment grew in August and July, suggesting employers may be ready to increase hiring after a mid-year soft patch.  

According to a report posted by Reuters, SimplyHired, which aggregates millions of listings from 30,000 employment Web sites, found U.S. job openings were up 4.5% from July to August, with 13 industries increasing job openings and five showing decreases.

SimplyHired found more job openings in agriculture, retail, finance, and accounting. In scientific fields such as lab technicians, legal, real estate, and military it was found fewer open jobs were posted last month.  

Nationally, the employers with the most open jobs are the U.S. Air Force, Yum! Brands, Inc’s Taco Bell, the Army National Guard, Staples, Inc., and Valley Health.  

Competition remains fierce for jobs. Nationally, there are four unemployed people for each job opening, and the proportion is slightly higher in the biggest cities, including New York, Los Angles, and Chicago.