Here Are the Countries and the States Where People Want (and Don’t Want) to Work

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.40.15 AMWhat countries do job seekers most want to move to? How about away from? In the U.S., where do they most want to go … and what states do they want to leave?

Where People Search for Jobs, a new report from Indeed Hiring Lab, takes a stab at those questions.

Let’s take a look (click to enlarge any of them).

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This chart's showing the countries that are most desirable. It's based on the number of "external searchers" for jobs in those countries. In contrast, here's a chart showing the percentage of job seekers looking for a job outside the country. The percentage of unique job seekers in each state currently looking for a job outside that state.  (Of course, in this case the winner -- the loser actually -- is a city, not a state). desirable states


More from the report, put together with George Washington University Professor Tara Sinclair, here.


6 Comments on “Here Are the Countries and the States Where People Want (and Don’t Want) to Work

  1. Thanks. I find these charts interesting and the full report has some great information. The country charts show that some of what my company has noticed on the international side is part of a wider trend. The state info is interesting because of the lack of strong trends that are easy to categorize. One can see a marginal preference for warmer states and states with stronger economies. But a lot of the rankings don’t conform to this and the overall takeaway is kind of cloudy. I have noticed through the years that it is particularly difficult to get Texas based engineers to relocate outside of Texas and the farther away from Texas the more difficult. Others I respect have noted the same. Entirely anecdotal but well aligned with this report.

    Doug Friedman

    1. It might be partly a matter of wanting to move a place where you hear that there are jobs.

      So perhaps your neighbor or cousin is moving to Austin or Dallas, or you read in the media that so and so is hiring in Austin or Dallas, and you search there. In that case, it becomes partly about where the jobs are and not just about wanting to move there because you like the culture.

      If 10 years from now Utah has 10 times as many jobs open as, say, Arizona – I’d imagine that Utah (the beautiful place that it is) would rank higher in desirability vis a vis Arizona.

      1. Yes – it is availability of jobs that seems to matter. Typically countries and states with larger populations have a larger number of postings, but when we control for population it is job postings that is still significantly correlated with where job seekers are looking. More job postings in a state or country are associated with more people who live outside that location searching there.

  2. The second graph is misleading. Percentage is not a good measure as it would take a lot of people wanting to move out of India to register a significant % statistic against the general workforce. Every time I advertise a position in OZ it seems like half the workforce of India apply!

    1. The appropriate ranking depends on how you want to use it. In the case proposed above, it might be better to look at the external competition ranking for Australia to get a sense of the share of the job seekers in Australia that come from other countries.

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