LinkedIn report shows a 24% increase in October hiring

Key Points
  • Hiring across the U.S. was 24.1 percent higher in October than last year.
  • Seasonally adjusted hiring was 0.3 percent higher in October than in September.
LinkedIn's workforce report shows high demand for political skills

U.S. employers hired significantly more people in October than last year but only slightly more than in September, according to the LinkedIn Workforce Report.

Hiring across the U.S. was 24.1 percent higher last month than a year earlier, the data showed. The seasonally adjusted hiring figure was just 0.3 percent higher than in September.

The sectors with the biggest year-over-year increases were oil and energy, up 33 percent, and manufacturing and industrial, 26.3 percent higher.

The report said political skills, which include grassroots organizing, political campaigns and economic development, are in high demand from employers beyond the government.

"Unsurprisingly, we found that in state capitals like Nashville and Denver, state government agencies and universities are the top employers of workers with politics skills," the report said.

The report continued, "But in other large cities, like the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and New York City, the top employers hiring people with politics skills are tech companies, NGOs, and universities."

LinkedIn's report is compiled from its 141 million user profiles in the U.S., 20,000 company profiles and 3 million monthly job postings.

On Friday, the Labor Department released its closely watched monthly employment data, which showed much weaker-than-expected job growth in October.

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