U.S. Employment Forecast

Moody’s released a forecast for employment in the United States for the next few years, and USA Today has done a phenomenal job at packaging the data by state and industry in an interactive map.

There’s no other way to put this — in spite of the semi-cheery headline (“Jobs May Rebound in 2010”) the forecast is unrelentingly negative for this year. The only nationwide pockets of short-term job growth are government and education, with no private sector industry showing job growth for the year.

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Economics is notoriously inaccurate, but I think that every recruiter should check out this data for the their industry and geography and have a plan for if these numbers turn out to be true.

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3 Comments on “ U.S. Employment Forecast

  1. I get the impression many people believe that after we get through “this,” things will go back to “normal,” except we’ll all be recruiting using SNAs a lot more. I don’t. I think we’re due for a major change in staffing employment toward what I call the “Professional Sports Model” where there are a relatively few very well paid world-class recruiters who provide exceptional quality, high value-add services, with most of the rest of recruiting work being eliminated, automated, or outsourced for relatively (or very) low costs. I hope I’m wrong, because it’s been a pretty good run these past 15 years…..


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