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Hiring across the United States was 24.1 percent higher in October 2017 than it was in October 2016, according to LinkedIn’s monthly workforce report.

The industries with the greatest increase were:

  • oil and energy (33 percent)
  • manufacturing and industrial (26.3 percent)
  • architecture and engineering (23.3 percent).

Other industries showing growth of at least 15 percent include:

  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • transportation
  • financial services / insurance
  • government / education / non-profit
  • professional services
  • retail / consumer products
  • telecommunications.

The top three cities to gain the most workers in the last year were:

  • Seattle
  • Denver
  • Austin, Texas.

The top three cities to lose workers in the past 12 months were:

  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Norfolk, Va.
  • Providence, R.I.

According to the LinkedIn report, skilled workers in education, healthcare and construction are overly abundant in Hartford, Norfolk and Providence – the cities that lost the most workers over the last year. Ironically, education and healthcare are skills needed in some of the fastest growing cities – Austin and Denver, the report showed. As cities like Austin and Denver grow, the demand for supporting infrastructure, like schools and hospitals, also grows to serve the increasing population.

This LinkedIn report is a great starting point for job seekers who have the flexibility to move. Although not comprehensive, the report highlights a few growing cities and the industries hiring in those areas.

But what if you can’t or don’t want to move or don’t want to relocate to one of those cities the report highlights? The Lee Group can help you find the right job for your skill set locally or across the U.S., or point you in the right direction for retraining for a new role.

The positions are out there; it just takes a committed partner to help match the position with the employee. The Lee Group is that proven partner. Please contact us to help you with your job search.

Note: The LinkedIn Workforce Report is a monthly report on employment trends in the U.S. workforce, and this month’s report looks at our latest data from October 2017. It’s divided into two sections: a National section that provides insights into hiring, skills gaps, and migration trends across the country, and a City section that provides insights into localized employment trends in 20 of the largest U.S. metro areas.

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