Industry trends report: job postings down in most industries

This month, our Industry Employment Trends show job postings by U.S. employers retreated slightly from August levels in nine of the twelve major industries tracked.

2012 has been an up and down year for job postings in major industries. The level of postings rose steadily across most major industries from January through May, but declined during June and July. August saw every industry (except real estate and transportation) return to positive monthly growth, followed by a slight decline in September for most industries.

September 2012 Industry Employment Trends


Hospitality job postings have risen continuously since the end of July and increased another 1% during September. The industry’s longer term trend was also positive. US employers posted 44% more hospitality jobs in September than they did during September 2011. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospitality led all other industries in hiring during August.

Hospitality Industry Job Postings Chart

Clicks on hospitality jobs, a measure of job seeker demand, increased 19% year-over-year, with housekeeper, custodian, and food service worker jobs receiving the most clicks. Demand was also strong for front desk agent and restaurant manager positions.

Information Technology

Information technology job postings declined slightly, 1%, over the month. Despite a 22% decline in job postings over the year and two straight months of negative growth, the industry continues to have the most jobs available after healthcare and retail. Graphic design, information technology, and desktop support were the top three IT job searches in September.


With seasonal hiring in full swing, retail had the largest increase in job postings during September. It was one of three industries (along with transportation and hospitality) that saw positive monthly gains. Retail job postings received the most clicks from job seekers in New York, Atlanta, and Chicago. Customer service and store manager job titles received the most clicks.

Check back each month for updated Job Market Competition and Industry Employment Trends reports – leading indicators for the job market in 2012.