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iHire Releases 3rd Annual U.S. Job Industry Recap & Outlook Report

Industry-focused recruiting platform comprised 26.6 million job postings in 2020, a 19.9% year-over-year decrease, but signs of recovery emerge

Frederick, Maryland – Jan. 19, 2021 – iHire today published its third annual U.S. Job Industry Recap & Outlook Report, a data-driven review of the 2020 job market with insights into recruitment trends to help employers and job seekers prepare for 2021. The report is now available to download:

Using 2019’s data for benchmarking, iHire’s report highlights talent acquisition and career trends from the 26.6 million job postings shared across the company’s 56 industry-specific talent communities in 2020. Although job postings were down 19.9% year-over-year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the data suggests a steady recovery has been underway since May.

Additionally, more than 1.8 million industry-focused job seekers joined iHire’s talent network in 2020, bringing the platform’s candidate count to a 21-year high of 14.1 million members.

Sample trends found in iHire’s Recap and Outlook Report include:

  • Top Hiring Industries: Nursing overtook Transportation as the top hiring industry for the first time in two years, with 4.0 million job postings on iHireNursing in 2020. iHireTransportation and iHireTechnology each saw 2.6 million jobs, followed by iHireSalesPeople (1.9 million), iHireRetail (1.7 million), and iHireLogistics (1.6 million).
  • Popular Career Titles: The most popular career titles in job postings included Registered Nurse (RN) (2.0 million postings), CDL Truck Driver (1.4 million), and Warehouse Associate/Material Handler (1.3 million).
  • Most Desired Candidate Skills: The most common candidate skills listed in job postings included Management (2.2 million postings), Training & Development (1.8 million), Scheduling (1.6 million), Communication (1.6 million), and Customer Service (1.3 million).
  • Top Industries for Remote Jobs: In the wake of COVID-19, more than 776,000 remote work opportunities were found on iHire in 2020. Popular industries for remote jobs included: Technology (1.5 million job postings), Customer Service (1.3 million), Insurance (92,500), and Sales (90,100).

“Although uncertainty still surrounds the labor market, the steady number of job postings across iHire’s platform gives us reason to be hopeful for continued recovery,” said Steve Flook, iHire’s President and CEO. “Despite COVID-19, the good news is that plenty of companies are still hiring, and with the unemployment rate at 6.7%, employers are tapping into a pool of qualified, diverse, and eager-to-work candidates. It is our hope that both sides of the recruiting equation – employers and candidates – will continue to innovate and adapt to make 2021 a successful year as we transition towards the post-COVID era.”

About the Report

Data in this report are pulled from iHire’s job and job seeker databases, which include information from jobs posted directly through iHire as well as jobs aggregated from 30,000+ online sources. To download the full report, visit:

About iHire

iHire is a leading career-oriented platform that brings candidates and employers together in 56 industry-focused communities. We believe that by narrowing job seekers’ and employers’ searches within a specific industry, we can connect high-quality talent with the right opportunities faster, easier, and more effectively than a general job board. Everyone deserves to find work that is fulfilling, inspiring, and meaningful. Since 1999, we’ve combined cutting-edge technology with our expertise in the recruitment space and the invaluable insights of our members to achieve just that. Visit for more information.

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