With the fall season drawing to a close, there are more than 2.5 million jobs open for 2018, according to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers.
In the first nine months of 2018, there were more than 4 million jobs available for new hires, up from 2.4 million jobs in January 2018, the report said.
There are more people working in retail, restaurants and hotels than ever before, but the numbers are not as impressive in fashion, which has been a hot spot for hiring.
The industry saw a 25 percent increase in hiring in the first quarter of this year, but it has not seen a large enough increase in jobs to put it back on track to meet the government’s goal of filling every available job by the end of 2019, the association said.
The report also said that in the last three years, job openings have increased by 8.5 percent.
The labor market is improving, but that is not enough to push consumers to shop at their favorite retailers or restaurants.
“It is true that we do have an improving labor market and it is a sign of progress,” the report stated.
But, it added, “we cannot rely on the economic recovery alone to reverse the tide of job losses and unemployment.”
The labor force participation rate, a measure of the percentage of people who are working or looking for work, has stayed at 62.5 in January, well above the national average of 61.4.
It has remained above the 62.1 mark since early November, when a recession was underway and millions of people began to lose their jobs.
A new report from economists at the Council of Economic Advisers shows that the unemployment rate has fallen by nearly 4 percentage points since the start of the recession in mid-2009, with the unemployment number falling to 6.4 percent in February 2018.
But that still leaves more than 16 million people without a job.
The jobless rate is the unemployment figure minus people who say they are actively looking for a job, which excludes people who have given up looking for employment or who have stopped looking.
A key indicator of economic health is how many people have stopped seeking jobs, or are actively searching for work.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there are about 6.2 million unemployed Americans.
About 18.6 million people are currently receiving unemployment benefits.
About 22 million Americans are still receiving unemployment insurance.
In addition, there is a drop in the number of people actively seeking work, or looking.
The percentage of Americans working part time has dropped from 65.5 to 64.9 percent.
In a separate report from Goldman Sachs, the firm said that the stock market could end up having a negative impact on the economy in 2018.
The firm estimated that the S&P 500 could fall by about 10 percent to 14 percent, or about $2.1 trillion.
That would mean a $2,200 annual loss for the average household.
“The stock market is likely to have a negative effect on the employment situation and the U.S. economy, particularly in 2018 and 2019, depending on the magnitude of the impact,” the company wrote.
A stock market rout could be followed by a weaker economy, which could put upward pressure on inflation, the economy’s main driver of the federal debt.