In a state where unemployment is so high, employers are looking for workers with an understanding of the job they are looking to fill, the latest job-tracking data shows.
It also highlights the need for people to learn the ins and outs of the business and the job-hunting process in an era when technology has opened up jobs to all but the most talented.
The job-creation rate for the U.S. in the second quarter was 8.9 percent, up from 7.3 percent the first quarter, according to the Labor Department’s Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.
The job creation rate in the same period in 2017 was 7.2 percent, down from 7 percent the previous year.
But it’s not just the number of jobs that are on the upswing.
Some of the fastest-growing occupations are now full-time positions.
In the second half of 2017, the number and type of jobs added to the workforce jumped nearly 14 percent, the Labor Dept. said on Tuesday.
The numbers are even more impressive when you take into account the number that are part-time and casual workers, which jumped nearly 6 percent.
In all, more than 100 million people were employed in the United States in the first half of 2018, a rise of roughly 18 million from the same time last year.
“In terms of total employment, it is really quite incredible,” said Paul Blumberg, a labor economist at The Heritage Foundation.
“This is what we’re seeing all over the country.
And the trend line is clear.”
Blumberg noted that the growth in part-timers and casuals has been fueled in part by technology.
The U.K. and France are among the most tech-savvy countries, and the number working part- or full-timed jobs in those countries has more than doubled since the recession.
For people who want to become more technologically savvy, Blum.
said, “there are many jobs available.
But for most people, it will be in their home office.”
The trend is especially important for people who need flexible hours to find full- time work, such as those who work part- time, such the millennials, he said.
While jobs growth in the U,D.C., and other parts of the country has slowed down since the Great Recession, the trend is expected to pick up as technology evolves.
A recent study by the Federal Reserve found that employers are using automation to reduce payrolls.
“Automation has been a big factor in the overall slowdown in hiring and job creation,” Blumbeg said.
“The jobs created are not being replaced by people who can do the job better.”
He said the growing demand for technology has allowed employers to create jobs that previously would have been out of reach.
And it’s likely to accelerate if tech giants like Google and Facebook continue to grow rapidly.
With their massive platforms, Google, Facebook, and Amazon have built a huge base of expertise in helping businesses to grow and adapt to changing business conditions, Blomberg said.
“When the tech industry expands, we can expect to see an explosion of new companies and opportunities,” he said, adding that it’s also a time when companies are looking at hiring and training people in areas where they are most needed.
Blomberg expects the trend to continue for the foreseeable future.
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