CLEVELAND — While the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted sectors like leisure and hospitality, others such as health care and information technology have benefitted from new opportunities for growth in Cleveland. A new report from Team NEO, a business and economic development organization, analyzed employments opportunities over an eight-month period from March 1 through Oct. 31 to measure which industries held steady or saw growth.
Of the nearly 311,000 job openings posted during the eight-month period, healthcare, manufacturing and information technology industries offered the most opportunities.
Healthcare and social assistance topped the chart with approximately 60,500 openings. Registered nurses held the top spot, accounting for 11,366 job opportunities.
Openings also grew in the trucking industry as the urgency to move product became a focus during the pandemic. From March to October, there were 12,324 openings for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers.
The top employers by job posting from March to October were:
- Cleveland Clinic—8,823
- Amazon— 7,945
- University Hospitals Health System—3,901
- Giant Eagle Supermarkets—3,081
- Lowe’s Companies, Inc.—2,175
- Anthem Blue Cross—1,707
- Mercy Health—1,347
- Key Corp—1,176
- The Home Depot—1,165
- Sherwin Williams—914
- Case Western Reserve University—831
- McDonald's —819
- Akron Children’s Hospital—804
The eight-month report revealed that out of the nearly 311,000 open positions, roughly 80% of them did not specify a post-secondary degree and there were plenty of opportunities for entry-level candidates and those who had vocational training.
Also, communication skills topped the list of the most requested core skills among employer posting job openings. Physical abilities and teamwork/collaboration were also among the top skills.
To read the full report, click here.