November Signals a Slowdown in U.S. Hiring and Job Growth

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Holmdel, NJ, Dec. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As 2019 comes to an end, U.S. employers slowed their hiring activity and opened fewer new jobs in November, according to iCIMS’ (MHI). Before seasonal adjustments, new hires declined 14.2% and new job openings declined 14.1% – their largest monthly declines since at least 2015. After seasonal adjustments, the decline in hiring and job openings were 0.1% and 0.6%, respectively. Lower demand for workers was evident across industries, but particularly in retail trade.

The MHI is a leading economic indicator published by , drawing upon its database of more than 75 million applications and 3 million jobs each year. New hires translate directly into payroll growth, after netting out departures, layoffs and other separations.

“Don’t dismiss the risk of labor market slowdown just yet, but there is a seasonal dynamic at play here,” said Josh Wright, chief economist at iCIMS. “A big portion of this weakness is due to shifts in the retail sector. Our data indicate that retailers were aggressive with – notably for technology roles – earlier in the year. They continue to adapt to the world of e-commerce via in-store deliveries and enhanced in-store experiences.”

The iCIMS Monthly Hiring Indicator (MHI) measures job openings and new hires, based on iCIMS system data, which is generated by user activity within our platform. iCIMS processes more than 1 million hires per quarter and 75 million applications per year. While iCIMS supports employers across the globe, the MHI is based on U.S. hiring activity only. The figures present both indexes of hiring activity and their month-over-month percentage change, using a fixed panel of customers. To facilitate comparison with benchmark data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, iCIMS publishes its indexes both with and without seasonal adjustments. Data from the MHI has been referenced by andTo learn more about iCIMS’ MHI, visit , where the latest data and details on the are both available for download.

iCIMS is the leading recruitment software provider for employers to attract, engage and hire great people. iCIMS enables companies to manage and scale their recruiting programs through an award-winning end-to-end talent acquisition platform and an ecosystem of nearly 300 integrated partners. Established in 2000, iCIMS supports more than 4,000 customers, including nearly 20% of F100 companies hiring 4 million people each year. iCIMS is the largest software provider dedicated to talent acquisition. For more information, visit .​

Carlee Pett
iCIMS, Inc.

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Globe Newswire: 14:17 GMT Tuesday 3rd December 2019

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