Current Job Postings in the US Now Outpacing the Number of Unemployed Workers

PeopleReady analysis finds over 14 million jobs hiring right now; highlights some of the most in-demand positions.

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TACOMA, Wash.May 12, 2021As the U.S. job market continues to recover from the turbulence of the past year, the number of active job postings over the past 30 days now exceeds the number of unemployed workers by over 4 million. According to a new analysis from staffing leader PeopleReady, there are over 14 million active job postings in the U.S., compared with the roughly 9.7 million Americans who are unemployed.   

Some of the fastest-growing jobs are those in the temporary employment sector, notes PeopleReady, which is releasing a list of jobs seeing the most demand as the economy rebounds.         

“For people who are looking for work, or simply wanting to earn additional income, there are jobs available right now,” said Taryn Owen, president of PeopleReady. “As a sign of the changing workplace, many companies are looking to integrate more temporary workers into their workforce models. This shift is creating many opportunities for people who are experiencing long-term unemployment as well as those who simply need more flexibility in their schedules.”    

Based on the PeopleReady analysis of millions of jobs, some of those experiencing the highest demand based on jobs posted in the last 30 days include:  

  • Warehouse attendant jobs soared 289%.  
  • Store associate and stocker jobs grew 256%. 
  • Personal shopper jobs rose 140%. 
  • Picker and packer jobs are up 117%. 
  • Package handler jobs are up 102%. 
  • Production worker jobs increased 95%. 

To connect job seekers with available jobs, PeopleReady is holding a nationwide hiring event this week. The staffing company has a variety of ways for job seekers to access potential job opportunities: via app (JobStack), online ( and in person (at PeopleReady locations across the nation). 

PeopleReady, a TrueBlue company (NYSE: TBI), specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and highly skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of blue-collar industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, waste and recycling, and hospitality. Leveraging its game-changing JobStack platform and 600-plus branch offices across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, PeopleReady served approximately 98,000 businesses and put approximately 221,000 people to work in 2020. Learn more at

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PeopleReady, a TrueBlue company (NYSE: TBI), specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and highly skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, retail and hospitality. Leveraging its game changing JobStack staffing app and presence in more than 600 markets throughout North America, PeopleReady served approximately 83,000 businesses and put approximately 226,000 people to work in 2022.