Nov 8, 2017

Where workers are leaving

Note: LinkedIn defines migration as a member changing their location on their LinkedIn profile; Data: LinkedIn Workforce Report, November 2017; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios

A new study by LinkedIn using the social network's data says Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and Norfolk, Va., are losing more jobs than anywhere else among the nation's top 50 cities over the past year.

  • Who are these people? A lot are nurses, teachers and construction workers, who are in high demand elsewhere in the country, says Guy Berger, Linkedin's chief economist.

The thing about these three professions is that people in them are usually the last people to leave a town or city, simply because their jobs tend to be the most in demand and so the most stable, Berger tells Axios.

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An unsettling future for millions of American jobs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The U.S. economy is besting expectations for job growth, and the unemployment rate is at its lowest in several decades — but the other side of the story is that millions of jobs out there just aren't good enough.

Why it matters: Almost half of all American workers are stuck in low-wage jobs that often don't pay enough to support their lives, lack benefits and sit squarely inside the automation bullseye.

Americans are moving less

Data: Census 2019 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Fewer than 10% of Americans moved to new places in the 2018-2019 year, the lowest rate since the Census Bureau began tracking domestic relocations in 1947.

Why it matters: Despite a strong economy, more people are feeling locked in place. Young adults, who have historically been the most mobile, are staying put these days thanks to housing and job limitations. So are aging adults who are reluctant to (or can't afford to) make a move.

Growing divide between the two Americas

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Life in the U.S. is increasingly divided into two realities — one in which things have almost never been better and another in which it's hard to imagine them being worse.

Driving the news: Bankruptcies led more companies to announce job cuts last year than at any time in more than a decade, WSJ's Aisha Al-Muslim reports (subscription), citing data from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas.

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