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Where Are the Job Openings and How Much Does One Make Per Hour?

Let's take a look at job openings and some myths vs realities.
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Jobe Openings and Average Hourly Earnings 2021-04

Myths vs Reality

  • Myth: Manufacturing Jobs Pay Well
  • Myth: Most of the Openings are in Low Wage Jobs
  • Reality: Manufacturing jobs average only $18.09 per hour
  • Reality: Of the 6,381 listed openings above 2,437 pay < $25 per hour on average
  • Reality: Of the 6,381 listed openings above 3,944 pay > $29 per hour on average
  • Reality: Of the 6,381 listed openings above 2,505 pay > $32 per hour on average

Data Sources

The job openings are from the BLS JOLTs Report as of April 2021. Wage data is from the BLS Employment Report as of May 2021.

Job Openings in Thousands 

Job Openings in Thousands 2021-04

Job Openings in Thousands Detail

Job Openings in Thousands Detail 2021-04

Average Hourly Earnings by Job Classification

Average Hourly Earnings by Job Classification 2021-05

There are plenty of job openings, many at good hourly rates. However, the higher the average rate, the higher the skill level required. 

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