Today you can do virtually anything with the click of a mouse: Make online purchases, complete online courses, donate to disaster relief – AND, of course, unlock rich data detailing job growth and job concentration in the top U.S. metros thanks to this interactive map.
The map was created by CareerBuilder in tandem with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., or EMSI, and is based on EMSI’s market database of more than 90 national and state employment resources.
Simply hover over the map of the U.S. to see the size of the total workforce, the average earnings per job and the percentage job growth since 2010. You can use it more specifically to drill down and get a detailed snapshot of which metros have added the most jobs following the recession in both the IT and finance industries.
To see which industries and cities are driving job growth in metros across the country, read our recent post on “The Hiring Site.”
Insights in IT
When browsing by industry, select “Information” on the right-hand side of your screen. This will give you a dropdown menu on some of the sub-categories of IT:
- Software publishers.
- Motion picture and video industries.
- Sound recording industries.
- Radio and television broadcasting.
- Cable and other subscription programming.
- Wired telecommunications carriers.
- Wireless telecommunications carriers (except satellite).
- Data processing, hosting and related services.
- Internet publishing and other information services.
Clicking on one of these sub-categories will reveal on the map where the greatest density of such jobs exist. Seattle, Boston and San Francisco hold the greatest concentration of jobs in software publishing, for example. It will also provide a snapshot of job growth in metros across the nation: The map shows you that Greenville, Chapel Hill and Madison have witnessed the most growth in software publishing since 2010.
According to Eric Presley, CareerBuilder’s chief technology officer, the IT industry has been at the forefront in terms of job growth in the U.S. post-recession. In fact, between 2003 and 2012, the number of IT jobs increased by 13 percent in the U.S. Big data can help employers survey the competition by pinpointing specific locations across the country in which IT professionals are concentrated, Presley said.
The 411 on Finance
Similarly, selecting the “Finance and Insurance” tab breaks it down by the following sub-categories:
- Monetary authorities – Central Bank.
- Depository credit intermediation.
- Nondepository credit intermediation.
- Securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage.
- Securities and commodity exchanges.
- Other financial investment activities.
- Insurance carriers.
- Agencies, brokerages, and other insurance-related activities.
- Insurance and employee benefit funds.
- Other investment pools and funds.
Selecting the “agencies, brokerages and other insurance-related activities” sub-category, for instance, reveals the highest density of jobs in Kansas City, St. Louis and Louisville. Meanwhile, the highest percentage job growth since 2010 occurred in St. Louis, Sarasota and Des Moines.
Kevin Knapp, CareerBuilder’s chief financial officer, said: “As employers in the financial industry look to expand their business, big data tools can offer unique insights as to what parts of the country they should be recruiting from.”
So go on, it’s OK to be click happy. And long live big data.