Carve Your Pumpkin With Labor Market Data

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to update our Chernoff jack-o’-lanterns. Chernoff faces are designed to display multiple variables as facial expressions, but we’ve carved ours with labor data from JobsEQ. Each facial feature on the pumpkin displays data on employment or wages in the state.

What Happened in Wholesale? (NAICS 425120 Changes in 2018)

In the last quarter of 2017, there were over 210,000 private sector establishments in the wholesale trade agents and brokers industry (NAICS 425120) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Just one quarter later, however, the number of these establishments plummeted by 27%.

Why Economic Diversity Matters

Though the economy has been booming and consumer confidence hast hit an eighteen-year high, the chances of a recession in the next two years is increasing according to Chmura’s economists. As such, economic developers may be asking themselves a tough question: “How well can my region withstand another economic recession?”

Introducing Regional Underemployment

The unemployment rate in the United States is at historically low levels, coming in at 3.9% for July 2018, with many observers suggesting the nation is now at full employment. Despite the low unemployment rate, some questions remain about the state of the workforce. For example, one question is “how is the employment being utilized?” Or to put it another way, just because people have jobs right now, does that mean they have good jobs? One way to measure employment utilization is to look at the underemployment rate.

Real-Time Demand for STEM

Jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM[1]) are expected to grow faster than the average occupation over the next 10 years, but what does demand for STEM vs. non-STEM look like today? Real-time intelligence from online job ads can help compare these occupation groups.