By all accounts, hiring will continue at a robust pace in 2019. The hiring outlook is the best it has been in 12 years according to a survey of 12,500 businesses by the Manpower Group, with employer optimism riding high in all sectors and areas of the country. A skills gap, partly the result of retiring baby boomers leaving the workforce, has contributed to a tighter labor market. This is especially the case in traditionally blue collar jobs in manufacturing and the trades where hundreds of thousands of jobs remain unfilled. In addition to higher pay and bonuses, employers are turning to skills education as a way to attract and keep workers. See our nifty infographic for highlights.1
1Sources: Manpower Group, “U.S. Hiring Intentions at 12 Year High as Demand for Workers is Set to Grow in 2019” (11 December 2018).
“LinkedIn 2018 Emerging Jobs Report” (13 December 2018).
David McCann, “For Manufacturers, Skills Gap Keeps Widening.” CFO.com (16 November 2018).
Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Christopher Rugaber, “U.S. job openings in October rise to 2nd-highest on record.” Indiana Gazette (16 December 2018).
Jason Devaney, “Study: US White-Collar Workers Outnumber Blue-Collar Workers.” Newsmax.com (13 December 2018).