Employment & Industry Trends



The Riley Guide: Before You Search

Where Is My Job Going? Is it this job or is this a dying occupation? Is the industry changing, is it changing everywhere, or is it just moving out of my area? Checking employment and industry trends can help you plan a move to a secure occupation or industry, or at least tell you that what you are going through is just at your office, not everywhere.

Info for the over-Fifty Worker

The Age Advantage
…this site is dedicated to those who have more experience in the workforce. The title is taken from the book by Jean Erickson Walker, author and career consultant. Yes, you can buy her book, and some of you might want to do this, but what I liked best here was her Career Counseling Tips at the bottom of the front page, and her Online Newsletters. These are filled with interesting articles cover a variety of topics including the issue of age in the job search.

We also have job resources targeted to the 50+ group.

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Government Reports and Surveys

Occupational Outlook Handbook
This searchable guide includes basic information on how occupations are expected to grow or decline in the next five to ten years.
Occupational Data from US Bureau of Labor Statistics
This specific page of tables, analyses, articles, and more will give users their most accessible and understandable view of occupational employment projections from 2008 to 2018 as well as the ability to review current and projected earnings for the same period. At the very top of the page is a short selection of the most popular data charts showing the fastest growing occupations along with those that will experience the largest employment growth and other report options. Scroll down the page to view projected earnings data at a national, state, or metropolitan level and then use their guided search tool to compare Employment, Training, and Earnings data for a variety of occupations based on either the education and training level necessary or the Occupation selected. BLS has an overwhelming amount of data which can be confusing to most users who attempt to view it on their own. This particular selection of tables and tools can provide a significant snapshot of possible growth areas in a relatively easy-to-understand form and formula.
U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau has made much of the data from the last census available online, including building starts and industry/occupation information.
Labor Market Information State by State
Labor Market Information is the statistics on employment, wages, industries, and other factors affecting the world of work. These links take you to LMI information for the individual states so you can see how the industry or occupation you are exploring is doing in Illinois, Maryland, or California. While BLS and the other Federal agencies gives us data based on national averages, you might find the state you are targeting to be in a different, uh, state.

Alabama || Alaska || Arizona || Arkansas || California || Colorado || Connecticut || Delaware || District of Columbia || Florida (under Resources select "Labor Market Information") || Georgia || Hawaii || Idaho || Illinois || Indiana || Iowa || Kansas || Kentucky || Louisiana || Maine || Maryland || Massachusetts || Michigan || Minnesota || Mississippi || Missouri || Montana || Nebraska || Nevada || New Hampshire || New Jersey || New Mexico || New York || North Carolina || North Dakota || Ohio || Oklahoma || Oregon || Pennsylvania || Rhode Island || South Carolina || South Dakota || Tennessee || Texas || Utah || Vermont || Virginia || Washington || West Virginia || Wisconsin || Wyoming

Many of the Career Guides from the Feds include government data on employment trends.

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Industry Surveys

Best Performing Cities, the Milken Institute
"The Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index measures which metropolitan areas of the United States are the most successful at job creation and retention, and demonstrate the best overall economic performance. Specifically, it measures where jobs are being created and maintained; where wages and salaries are increasing; and where economies and businesses are growing and thriving." This survey updates annually, listing 200 of the largest cities as well as the 179 smallest metros. It's an interesting list that can help you to decide if a relocation is in order. Multiple past years of the survey are available.

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More Ideas for Tracking Trends

Newspapers and Magazines
…check those that cover your target regions or your target industries and occupations.
Check the Sources for Local Jobs in the US
…look for more info on economic development in a particular area.
Career and Occupational Info Guides
…part of their service is to let you know what careers are up-and-coming and in what industries and which ones are slowing down.

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