Geographic Pattern of US Job Growth Unchanged Job Losses Concentrated in Houston, Alaska, Louisiana, and Mideast Regions

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US Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

A University of Redlands Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) study finds that the spatial distribution of year-over-year job growth in U.S. populated areas exhibits no significant changes in December compared to November. Most regions show 1% to 3% moderate job increases with rapid job increases at more than 5% scattered in a few pockets. More substantial growth at 3% to 5% remain in the same major metropolitan regions such as Seattle, Portland, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Jose area, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Durham, Atlanta, Orlando, and both the east and west coasts in Florida. On the other hand, Great Lakes, Mideast regions, Alaska, Houston in Texas, Topeka on the border of Kansas andMissouri and most areas in Louisiana continue shedding jobs. The job growth rate in Chicagohas dropped further by showing more idling areas. Job growth rates still follow the same pattern as last month, i.e. the West and Southeast regions surpass most other regions, and job numbers grow faster in the cities than the periphery. This regional distribution of job growth can be clearly observed in the ISEA employment animation for the U.S. on the ISEA YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/ISEAatRedlands.

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METHODOLOGY

The researchers combined today’s data release on employment by industry from the California Employment Development Department with business pattern data by zip code and industry from the U.S. Census Bureau to arrive at their projected values. The researchers point out that, given the data available to them, their projected values are only rough approximations of the true values, and that accuracy is higher for counties with larger populations. Despite those shortcomings, the observed patterns should still be helpful for decision makers in politics, businesses and organizations to determine where to best direct their efforts.

About the University of Redlands Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA)

The Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) serves regional, national and global business and government leaders in their needs to better understand how socio-economic phenomena affect their communities.  A division of the University of Redlands School of Business, ISEA publishes ongoing, timely reports covering retail, employment, housing, logistics and other special topics. A key distinction of the Institute is its ability to illustrate economic trends and patterns through the use of geo-spatial mapping techniques. In addition, ISEA’s ability to provide Zip code level analysis for many of its reports provides unprecedented detail.  Current ISEA economic data and interactive maps may be found at http://isea.redlands.edu/.

Additional Maps

Southeast Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

Southwest Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

FarWest Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

Rocky Mountains Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

Plains Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

Great Lakes Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

Mideast Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

New England Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

Hawaii Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

Alaska Annual Change in Employment, Dec 2014 – Dec 2015

Contact

Author: Bing Bai, Ph.D.
Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis,
University of Redlands, School of Business

Contact: Johannes Moenius, Ph.D., isea@redlands.edu, 909-557-8161
Director, Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis,
University of Redlands, School of Business

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