Although employment growth ground to a halt in August, many companies and industries continue to hire, said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder.
As the unemployment rate hovers at 9.1 percent, Ferguson said many companies have ramped up their hiring during the last 60 days. The list of companies seeking employees includes PNC , U-Haul, Yellowbook, Aon and Comfort Keepers.
Industries that have shown growth in their listings on CareerBuilder include information technology, engineering, health care, sales, and customer service.
Ferguson said his company's website experienced a 20 percent year-over-year listings increase in August.
"I was very surprised by the (Bureau of Labor Statistics) report," he said in an interview with CNBC Wednedsay. "I actually think the numbers are probably better in the private economy. Clearly, people are more conservative now. They're worried about the next few months. They're watching Europe closely."
Ferguson said job growth is prevalent in higher-skilled positions that require both experience and education. He added that there is not as much activity in the lower-skilled job segment—a disparity that could help explain why the economy continues to lag.
These high-skilled positions can pay salaries ranging from $75,000 to a couple hundred thousand per year.
"That’s probably the biggest disconnect is that you have a lot of high-skilled positions where it’s harder to find labor today but yet we have a large unemployment rate," he said.
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