The Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolitan statistical area has over 90,000 online available job postings for the second consecutive month. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
The number of available job postings in the Austin-Round Rock metro area increased by 49% in October from October 2020, according to a Nov. 10 report from the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
There were 92,103 available job postings during the October monthly reporting period, which spans from Sept. 14-Oct. 13. This is 1,500 more than the previous monthly reporting period and is 30,000 more than in October 2020. Of these job postings, 15% were in management occupations, and 14% were computer and mathematical occupations, indicating a strong demand for senior talent and tech talent, according to the report. There were 30,000 new online first-time job postings, job postings posted for the first time in the measured time period, which is 2,000 less than the previous month.
The increase in job openings from the September to October report is not surprising, but what is significant is the high number of available job postings throughout the metro, Kwee Lan Teo, vice president of talent development for the Austin Chamber of Commerce, told Community Impact Newspaper.
"What is significant is the number of available job postings in October 2021 and also from last month, which are now over 90,000,” Teo said. “The new job postings did not see as much change, so employers may still be looking to fill their available jobs currently. The [metro] unemployment rate is at 3.5% for September 2021, and companies are starting to offer higher hourly pay and bonuses to attract candidates.”
The Austin metro covers the area from San Marcos to Georgetown, Pflugerville, Hutto, Buda, Kyle, Leander and Lockhart. The data cited above refers to employers actively advertising online and is not a representation of all job openings, a measurement of all positions that are not filled on the last business day of the month, according to the report.
Trent joined Community Impact Newspaper as an intern in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin in December 2020. In July 2021, he was promoted to Austin Metro reporter. He covers several news beats from education and government to dining, transportation, nonprofits, and healthcare. However, his primary beat is business and development. Before working at CI, Trent wrote for The Daily Texan, UT's daily student newspaper, and worked on many projects of his own for his undergraduate program. In his free time Trent writes poetry, spends time with loved ones, and watches Star Wars for the hundredth time, including other new movies.
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