Southwest region leads nation in job growth since last August Region grows at 2.1% over the year

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Southwest region leads nation in job growth since last August

US Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

Southwest region leads nation in job growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics earlier this month reported that the U.S. added 156000 jobs in August. According to a new study by the University of Redlands Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis (ISEA), jobs across the country grew by 2097000, or 1.4%, since last August. The Southwest region led the nation with 2.1% annual job growth. The Great Lakes region grew the slowest at 0.9%.

Professional and Business Services drives job growth in past year

The largest job gains across the nation were in Professional and Business Services, with 602000 jobs added in the past year. Job gains in this industry were highest in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell GA (+33500 jobs), New York-Jersey City-White Plains NY-NJ (+33100 jobs), and New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA (+28700 jobs). The largest job losses in the past year were in Information (-67000 jobs nationwide). Job losses in this industry were highest in New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA (-6200 jobs), New York-Jersey City-White Plains NY-NJ (-5500 jobs), and New York City NY (-5000 jobs).

Jobs grew fastest in zip codes with 1000 or more people per square mile

ISEA breaks down employment by zip code. The map above shows employment levels (represented by circle width) and annual change in employment (represented by circle color). Large circles represent a large number of workers, and green circles indicate fast growing zip codes.

Overall, areas with 1000 or more people per square mile grew faster than other areas at 1.8% over the year. This is followed by areas with 500-999 people per square mile (1.6% annual growth). Areas with less than 200 people per square mile grew the third fastest at 1.6%. Areas with 200-499 people per square mile grew the slowest at 1.6%.

Lake Charles LA is fastest growing MSA

The fastest growing metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) were Lake Charles LA (growing at 5.9% over the year), Elkhart-Goshen IN (5.5%), and Ocean City NJ (5.4%). Zip codes in these counties can be identified on the map due to their large green circles. Slowest growing were Beckley WV (-3.1%), Michigan City-La Porte IN (-2.2%), and Danville IL (-2.1%). Zip codes in these MSAs can be spotted due to their large red or yellow circles.

ISEA U.S. Employment News from ISEA Publish on Vimeo.

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. 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. National, BEA region and state employment are seasonally adjusted. Total non-farm employment by MSA are also seasonally adjusted, while MSA sectoral employment and zip code employment are not. Employment within MSAs cover about 80 percent of total national employment. 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://www.iseapublish.com/map/

Additional Maps

Alaska Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

Southwest Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

Southeast Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

Rocky Mountains Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

Plains Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

New England Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

Mideast Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

Hawaii Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

Great Lakes Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

Far West Annual Change in Employment, Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

Contact

Author: Jess Chen, Ph.D., 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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