Leisure and Hospitality Saw 1.3 Million Job Postings and Rising Wages in Q2 2022: New Report by Staffing Giant PeopleReady

The industry’s average hourly wage rose 9.1% year over year, according to new report

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TACOMA, Wash.—August 25, 2022—A busy summer travel season and larger crowds at event venues across the country has left many employers in desperate need of workers. The leisure and hospitality sector saw nearly 1.3 million new job postings during the second quarter of 2022, according to a new report from staffing giant PeopleReady.

PeopleReady’s U.S. Workforce Trends Quarterly Report explores the latest job and wage growth trends throughout the U.S., with unique data that provides valuable insight about employment in several major industries. The report also features recommendations on how today’s employers can overcome their recruitment challenges.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the number of U.S. job openings was 11.3 million in June 2022. According to the PeopleReady report, the number of job postings for select sectors during the second quarter of 2022 included:

  • Hospitality: 1.293 million job postings
  • Retail: 1.229 million
  • Manufacturing: 375,300
  • Construction: 303,100
  • Building and grounds cleaning/maintenance: 242,000
  • Utilities: 212,000

Amid an unprecedented staffing shortage, leisure and hospitality employers across the country have increased wages to attract and retain workers. The average hourly wage for the sector was $20.16 in June 2022, a 9.1% increase year over year, the report notes. That compares to a 5.1% increase for all sectors during the same time period.

“The staffing shortage has had an outsized impact on many industries,” said Taryn Owen, president and COO of PeopleReady and PeopleScout. “With so many companies looking to fill roles — from hotels and resorts to stadiums and event venues — PeopleReady is committed to connecting them with available local job seekers, fast.”

PeopleReady helps companies navigate the challenging labor market by putting a Workforce Within Reach™ 24/7. The staffing giant’s award-winning app, JobStack, provides employers with immediate access to a vast and expanding network of temporary workers.

About PeopleReady

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 presence in more than 650 markets throughout North America, PeopleReady served approximately 94,000 businesses and put approximately 220,000 people to work in 2021. Learn more at www.peopleready.com.

PeopleReady, a TrueBlue company, 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 94,000 businesses and put approximately 220,000 people to work in 2021.