Job Growth in US Follows Steady Geographic Pattern Job Losses Deepened in Houston, Louisiana, Alaska, and New England Regions

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Job Growth in US Follows Steady Geographic Pattern

 

US Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

US Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016

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 remains about the same pattern in January 2016 as in December 2015. The West and Southeast regions surpass most other regions, and job numbers grow faster in the cities than in the periphery. Most areas still show 1% to 3% annual job increases, with rapid job growth at more than 5% scattered in a few pockets. There are more areas in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Phoenix, Dallas, and Austin observing more than 5% job growth. Chicago, Philadelphia, Saint Paul, and Topeka have stepped out of idling growth by adding more jobs in January 2016. On the other hand, job growth in locations such as Pittsburgh and most places in New York State have idled, with scattered areas even shedding jobs. In addition, significant job losses have remained and further deepened in Houston, Louisiana, Alaska, and New England region. 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.

Detailed reports by zip codes and small regional areas can be generated with the ISEA Data Explorer at http://isea.redlands.edu/map/. A short introduction on how to use this map-based interface can also be found at the ISEA YouTube channel. Could you give us some feedback to improve this tool? If yes, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ISEASurvey and fill out our 5 minute survey. Thank you very much in advance!

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

FarWest Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

FarWest Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016


Great Lakes Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Great Lakes Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016


Southwest Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Southwest Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016


Alaska Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Alaska Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016


Mideast Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Mideast Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016


New England Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

New England Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016


Plains Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Plains Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016


Rocky Mountains Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Rocky Mountains Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016


Southeast Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Southeast Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016


Hawaii Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 - Jan 2016

Hawaii Annual Change in Employment, Jan 2015 – Jan 2016

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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