Recruiting Trends Show Continued Hiring Streak Through Summer: LinkedIn Workforce Report August 2017

August 2, 2017

This summer’s hiring streak continues into the month of July with hiring across the U.S. up 17.3% this July compared to July 2016. The industries that experienced the biggest year-over-year increase in hiring in July are oil and energy which saw a 27.8% increase, manufacturing and industrial with a 16.8% increase, and architecture and engineering which grew 15.5%. This is according to our August LinkedIn Workforce Report.

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While we’ve seen specialty medical skills - including OB/GYN, surgery, and cardiology skills - cool in hiring demand since January. We’ve also seen an uptick in demand for mental health skills, particularly in big cities like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas-Fort Worth. Employer demand for mental health and psychotherapy skills has risen since the beginning of this year. These skills range from neuropsychology and grief counseling, to cognitive behavioral therapy and crisis intervention. We’re seeing that in the biggest U.S. cities, the employers hiring for these skills are hospitals, private practices and local governments.

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We also saw notable movement of talent over the last year with New Yorkers moving to Los Angeles in greater droves than to any other city. New York is Los Angeles’ single biggest source of talent and Los Angeles is New York’s biggest brain drain destination. The number of workers coming from the New York area more than double the number coming from Chicago, the next city on the list. New York and Los Angeles have a lot in common, including an abundance of theatre & drama, fashion, and graphic design skills. So it makes sense that we saw that Los Angeles and New York were ranked #3 on each other’s talent migration lists – which means Angelenos are moving to the Big Apple, too.

For more insights on the latest recruiting trends, please read the full August LinkedIn Workforce Report.