LinkedIn Workforce Report | United States | January 2020
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Gross hiring in the U.S. was 9.3% higher than in December 2018, and seasonally-adjusted national hiring was 1.5% higher in December from November 2019.
Industries with notable hiring gains month-to-month in December include: Public Administration (4.3% higher); Finance (4.1% higher); Corporate Services (3.9% higher); and Retail (3.4% higher). Agriculture posted a notable dip in hiring, down 2.5% y/y and 3.6% m/m.
The cities that gained the most workers in December include: Austin, TX; Nashville, TN; and Charlotte, NC.
- LinkedIn Editor George Anders took a closer look at 12 cities where average hiring rates have climbed by at least 6.5% from last year. Learn more about what those cities are doing to attract companies and talent here.
The LinkedIn hiring rate is a measure of hires divided by LinkedIn membership. Nationally, across all industries, hiring in the U.S. was 9.3% higher than in December 2018. National hiring was 1.5% higher in December from November 2019.
The industries with the most notable hiring shifts month-to-month in December were Arts (8.3% higher m/m); Public Administration (4.3% higher m/m); and Finance (4.1% higher m/m).
Table 1: Hiring on LinkedIn, by Industry, through December 2019
|Industry||Dec-18||…||Sep-19||Oct-19||Nov-19||Dec-19||MoM% Change||YoY% Change|
|Energy & Mining||1.17||…||1.13||1.12||1.13||1.16||+2.8||+-0.8|
|Hardware & Networking||0.87||…||0.94||0.90||0.96||0.99||+2.9||+13.7|
|Media & Communications||0.89||…||0.93||0.93||1.15||1.16||+1||+30.9|
|Recreation & Travel||1.07||…||1.13||1.13||1.13||1.15||+1.5||+7.6|
|Software & IT Services||1.08||…||1.21||1.19||1.20||1.22||+2.3||+13.3|
|Transportation & Logistics||1.14||…||1.20||1.20||1.23||1.23||+0.4||+8.5|
|Wellness & Fitness||1.06||…||1.15||1.17||1.16||1.17||+0.5||+9.6|
Methodology: “Hiring Rate” is the count of hires (LinkedIn members in each industry who added a new employer to their profile in the same month the new job began), divided by the total number of LinkedIn members in the U.S. By only analyzing the timeliest data, we can make accurate month-to-month comparisons and account for any potential lags in members updating their profiles. This number is indexed to the average month in 2015-2016 for each industry; for example, an index of 1.05 indicates a hiring rate that is 5% higher than the average month in 2015-2016.
The U.S. cities losing the most people are Bryan-College Station, TX; State College, PA; and Bloomington, IN. For every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Bryan-College Station, TX, 258 left in the past 12 months.
The U.S. cities gaining the most people are Austin, TX; Nashville, TN; and Charlotte, NC. For every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Austin, TX, 145 arrived in the last 12 months.
Check out our reports for Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland-Akron, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.,to see which skills are in shortage in those cities, and which jobs are open