Help Wanted Getting Help: HR Job Postings Outpace

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That’s how much the volume of job postings in the human resources field has risen over the past four weeks on the job site, a sign businesses are scrambling to hire.

The increase in want-ads for human resources (HR) professionals—measured by comparing a seven-day trailing average in the four weeks through June 4—makes it one of the fastest-recovering sectors, according to Indeed’s research arm, which seasonally adjusts its data. Plenty of other fields have seen increases too, but they’re not as sharp: sports (8%,) loading and stocking (6.9%), production and manufacturing (5.4%), hospitality and tourism (5.4%) and software development (5.2%,) to name a few.

“Now that we are finally emerging from COVID-19, there’s a broad demand for labor and that’s where human resource professionals come in," said AnnElizabeth Konkel, an economist at Indeed, in an email. 

Businesses are hiring again as vaccinations tamp down the risk of contracting COVID-19 and a sense of normalcy is returning to everyday life. In fact, after a surge in unemployment in the early days of the pandemic last year, some employers can’t even find people. The number of available jobs soared to a new record in April, as did the number of people who quit their positions. 

When the pandemic hit, the volume of job ads plunged in March and April 2020 to a low of 39% below the Feb. 1, 2020 baseline, according to Indeed. By January of this year, the overall volume had recovered as businesses started to reopen. Now, nearly all sectors are back above their pre-pandemic baseline, with the exception of hospitality and tourism, which still lags, despite recent increases.