Rocky Mountain region leads U.S. job growth Plains region lags behind

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US Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

US Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 – Mar 2016

A University of Redlands Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA) study finds that year-over-year job growth in U.S. populated areas is uneven over geography. The Rocky Mountain region leads the nation in job growth. Many zip codes in Salt Lake City and Boise grew at over 5%. Other parts of the country also posted strong job growth, such as Dallas, Phoenix and Orlando. The Plains region grew the slowest, and many zip codes in Des Moines and Kansas City, KS lost jobs. Zip codes in other regions of the country, such as Houston, Lafayette and Thibodaux, LA, also shed jobs. 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 Bureau of Labor Statistics 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

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

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


Mideast Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

Mideast Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 – Mar 2016


Hawaii Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

Hawaii Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 – Mar 2016


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

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


Far West Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

Far West Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 – Mar 2016


Alaska Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

Alaska Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 – Mar 2016


Southwest Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

Southwest Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 – Mar 2016


Southeast Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

Southeast Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 – Mar 2016


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

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


Plains Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

Plains Annual Change in Employment, Mar 2015 – Mar 2016

Contact

Author: Jess Chen, Jess_Chen@redlands.edu
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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