October 4, 2012

Where Are the Jobs? Here Are the Jobs!

In a report issued on October 3rd the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 325 of the 372 US metropolitan areas. The US unemployment rate in August was 8.2 percent, vs 9.1 percent a year earlier - nearly a full percentage drop.

Employment increased in 274 metropolitan areas in the US!

Some of the best cities (metropolitan areas) to look for work were:
  • San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, Calif. (+3.8 percent)
  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash. (+3.0 percent), and
  • Peabody, Mass. (+2.8 percent)
The largest numbers of jobs were added in:
  • New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa. (+117,900)
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif. (+103,000)
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+89,500)
  • SF-Oakland-Fremont (+59,400)
  • SJ-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (+29,600)
  • Sacramento-Roseville (+17,700)
The largest % increases in employment in large metropolitan areas were posted in:
  • Houston- Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+3.5 percent)
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (+3.4 percent)
  • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas (+3.2 percent)
  • San Francisco-Oakland- Fremont, Calif. (+3.2 percent)
The best states to look for work in were:
  • California +305,500 jobs
  • New York +117,300
  • Ohio +100,800
  • Florida +85,000
  • Indiana +72,000
  • Georgia +49,000
  • New Jersey +48,000
  • Washington +48,000
  • Michigan +46,200
  • Oklahoma +45,300
  • Massachusetts +44,400
  • Illinois added +43,000 (Chicago +38,800)
  • Louisiana +39,000
  • Colorado +32,000
In another Occupational Outlook report the US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics– projects what industries will grow and what industries will shrink. The US Projections and Training Data for 2010 through 2020 Projects:
  • Slower population growth
  • An aging population
  • Increasing diversity
Highlights excerpted from the report: Construction. Construction employment is expected to rise 33 percent by 2020, adding about 1.8 million jobs.  

Manufacturing. Although output of manufactured goods is anticipated continue to increase, overall employment in is projected to decline by 1% as productivity gains, automation, and international competition all increase.  

Service-providing industries. The employment shift in the U.S. economy away from goods-producing in favor of service-providing industries is expected to continue. Service-providing industries are anticipated to generate nearly 18 million new wage and salary jobs.

Professional, scientific, and technical services. Employment in professional, scientific, and technical services is projected to grow by 29%, adding about 2.1 million new jobs by 2020. Employment in computer systems design and related services is expected to increase by 47%, driven by growing demand for sophisticated computer network and mobile technologies. Employment in management, scientific, and technical consulting services is anticipated to expand, at 58%. Computer systems design and related services and management, scientific, and technical consulting services—will account for more than half of all new jobs in professional, scientific, and technical services.  

Transportation and warehousing. Employment in transportation and warehousing is expected to increase by 20 percent during 2010–20, adding about 853,000 jobs to the industry total.

Utilities. Overall employment in utilities is projected to decrease by 6 percent through 2020. Despite increased output, employment in electric power generation, transmission, and distribution is expected to decline because of improved technology that will increase worker productivity. However, employment in the water, sewage, and other systems industry is anticipated to increase 26% by 2020. As the population continues to grow, more water treatment facilities are being built, driving growth in this industry.

 Architecture and engineering occupations are projected to add roughly 252,800 jobs, representing a growth rate of 10%. Much of the growth in this group will be due to recovery from the recession, with 149,800 jobs having been lost from 2006 to 2010. Growth among engineering occupations, especially civil engineers, is expected to be high, with the occupation adding 51,100 positions. As the nation’s infrastructure ages, a greater emphasis will be placed on maintaining existing structures as well as designing and implementing new roads, water systems, and pollution control systems.  

Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow by 22%, adding 758,800 new jobs from 2010 to 2020. Demand for workers in these occupations will be driven by the continuing need for businesses, government agencies, and other organizations to adopt and utilize the latest technologies. Workers in these occupations will be needed to develop software, increase cybersecurity, and update existing network infrastructure.

For the full report: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/about/print/projections-overview.htm