How the New England Job Market Has Changed During the Current Health Crisis
This week, we revisit the data to review Emsi's job postings data from June 2020 to see how the region's job market has changed over recent weeks.
Summary of Updated Data:
NUMBER OF JOB POSTINGS
On July 9, the U.S. Labor Department reported that new unemployment claims across the nation dropped to 1.3 million the previous week. In line with this report,
job postings in New England were up slightly (+0.6%) in June 2020 over April 2020
. The greatest increase in overall job postings during this period occurred in Massachusetts, in which there were 2.7% more jobs posted in June 2020 than April 2020. Despite the slight growth in job postings across the region, job postings in June 2020 compared to April 2020 were down in two states: Maine (-7.9%) and Rhode Island (-6.9%).
Since April 2020, the top occupations in each state have remained relatively steady
, with the biggest shift being merely the order in which the occupations were ranked. In general, some of the most common top occupations in the region include
heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
HEALTHCARE-RELATED JOB POSTINGS:
In April 2020, employment opportunities in healthcare had increased slightly since April 2019 in three New England states — Connecticut (+5.3%), Massachusetts (+5.6%), and Rhode Island (+1.6%) — and decreased elsewhere in the region — Maine (-12.5%), New Hampshire (-5.9%), and Vermont (-6.3%).
By June 2020, job postings in the healthcare sector had grown since April 2020 in five New England states — by an average of 8.5% across the region.
The growth in healthcare-related job opportunities in the region ranged from in
increase of 1.1% in Maine
a 13.6% surge in Massachusetts
during the same period. In Rhode Island — the only New England state to see a decrease in health care-related job postings between April 2020 and June 2020 — postings were down 0.1%.
Monthly Job Posting Trends in New England (All Jobs)