Workers Are Needed Right Away, Job Ads Increasingly Say

Off the Charts: The Visual Says It All

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If the urgency to fill job openings is any barometer of where we are in the economic rebound, a noticeable uptick in use of the term “hiring urgently” on Indeed would seem to bode well. 

To gauge the immediacy of the demand for workers, Indeed Hiring Lab, the research arm of the job search website, combed postings for phrases like “hiring urgently,” “urgent hiring,” or “immediate start.” The chart below shows the share with such phrases rose to as high as 2.4% of the total in early May, up from 1.6% at the start of the year. Some of the biggest jumps have been in the nursing, childcare, driving, and loading/stocking sectors, the group said Tuesday.

As business activity picks up steam in tandem with COVID-19 vaccination rates, reports indicate employers are actually having difficulty finding workers in some industries. Many states have even moved to end federal pandemic unemployment benefits before they’re set to expire, convinced that the funds are discouraging people from returning to work.

Calling the worker shortage an “urgent crisis,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday launched America Works, an initiative to help employers fill their job openings by advocating for more training and a doubling of the number of visas available for legal immigrants, among other things.