US Job Market Competition Spectrum

August 18th, 2009 · 3:23 pm @   -  5 Comments

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I came across an interesting infographic today on the Indeed job site comparing the relative level of competition for job postings by major metro market in the US.  The graphic basically compares the number of postings (as empty blue chairs) to the number of unemployed person (as orange stick figures), with a ratio.  The graphic is clean and simple, and clearly displays the spread in relative job hunter competition across the nation.  They’ve also hot-linked each city entry to Indeed’s job postings for that city.    What does it say about the United States that there are 6 open postings for every unemployed person in Washington DC, but 18 unemployed people for ever posting in a prior industrial base like Detroit?

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5 Comments → “US Job Market Competition Spectrum”


  1. Greg Strosaker

    8 years ago

    Great graphic, and the message on DC vs. Detroit (or, anywhere else save Jacksonville) job situation jumps right off the page.


  2. JeffreyJDavis

    8 years ago

    Thanks Greg –

    What I worry about is that many of those folks who have real manufacturing competency which can get/keep the United States competitive might be unwilling to leave their locale, even though the job market is tough.

    Likely result is that they exodus core manufacturing, further eroding our technical base and thus perpetuating the problem.


  3. Usoff

    8 years ago

    Interesting…. there's huge potential for any manufacturing company to make use of the existing skilled work forces in Detroit (something related to automotive). Either that or offer relocation packages to different parts of the country or even overseas to those high potential candidates there.
    hmmm… might be a good time to hire a continuous improvement professional there to drive a project in a Chinese plant.


  4. JeffreyJDavis

    8 years ago

    Thanks Usoff, probably difficult to do a mass relocation, but I am a big proponent of setting up “Industrial Commons” for new industries which could use the same skillsets (i.e. Wind Energy, Hi-Capacity Batteries). In demand individuals will make their own choices about whether they want to relocate and hopefully their skills will not go untapped.


  5. JeffreyJDavis

    8 years ago

    Thanks Usoff, probably difficult to do a mass relocation, but I am a big proponent of setting up “Industrial Commons” for new industries which could use the same skillsets (i.e. Wind Energy, Hi-Capacity Batteries). In demand individuals will make their own choices about whether they want to relocate and hopefully their skills will not go untapped.


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