Current Job Seeker Search Trends in the United States

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Curious about the current activity of the Job and labor market?

Wondering if more people are looking for jobs this month than in the past? Are they visiting job boards? Writing resumes? Looking for Career Coaches?

We are too!

The challenge is the job market is complicated, seasonal, and ever-changing. There are lots of disparate information sources – some public – but many private, and ‘one-off’ analysis from blogs and business sources quickly get out of date.

One approach we use for macro-level trends is just keeping an eye on what people are searching for using Google Search. The data is freely available via Google Trends.

Here are some of the trends we think are informative.

  • Google Search Trends for “unemployment benefits” – as an indicator of current layoffs – you can drill right down to the city level.
  • Google Search Trends for “resume” and “cover letter” – as a rough indicator of who is working their resume.
  • Google Search Trends for “Indeed”, “Zip Recruiter”, and “Linkedin” – as indicators of people visiting major job boards.
  • Google Search Trends for “Career Coach” – as indicators of people looking for career advice – and perhaps even with us! :>
  • Google Searches Trends for “Job Fair” – as indicators of people looking for, you guessed it, local job fairs.

In all cases, these plots are updated real-time thanks to the amazing team at Google Trends. Just click on the logo in any of the plots/graphs to explore results in detail.

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We hope you find this informative!

Google Trends for “Unemployment Benefits” Searches

Google Trends for “Resume” and “Cover Letter” Searches

Google Trends for Searches for Major Job Boards

Google Trends for “Career Coach” Searches

Google Trends for “Career Counselor” Searches

Google Trends for “Career Counseling” Searches

Google Trends for “Job Fair” Searches