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Cities with The Largest Population Booms Amidst the Pandemic

The coronavirus is shaping more than just how or where we work; it influences how we live our everyday lives, including where we physically live. Thousands of Americans are relocating to seek better opportunities, lower costs of living, and improve their quality of life. So, where are these “pandemic birds” flocking during these challenging times? Here are the cities with the largest population booms amidst the pandemic.

Cities with significant population influxes

People nationwide have been relocating as many are now working remotely (and likely will continue to do so permanently). People are escaping expensive, crowded cities and opting to move to states with lower taxes, cheaper overall costs of living, and more enjoyable lifestyles. For example, people are fleeing crazy-expensive Silicon Valley to other areas that offer a better quality of life.

States with the most significant population influxes over the last few months are Florida and Texas. According to new Census data, Florida has added 241,256 new residents while Texas has welcomed nearly 374,000 new citizens. It’s essential to note that this data spans from July 2019 to July 2020. Therefore, the pandemic is not entirely causing this surge. However, it is too early to tell how much the virus has impacted this migration, but it unquestionably has played a part.

According to LinkedIn data, the top five locations with inflows of new residents (with their cost-of-living ranking) are as follows:

  • Austin (77)
  • Phoenix (76)
  • Nashville (121)
  • Tampa (107)
  • Jacksonville (196)

And the cities with the most significant outflows in 2020? They are Hartford, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Cleveland – which are large, expensive metropolitan areas. California’s Silicon Valley, which is notorious for its tech and startup companies, has had two years in a row where more people left the state than moved there.

What are the industries relocating during the pandemic?

The most notable industries making a move during the pandemic are tech companies, finance firms, and other corporations. For example, Elon Musk announced he is departing California and moving to Austin, where he is planning on building a new factory for Tesla. Other entrepreneurs and tech leaders are following suit.

According to Bloomberg, “Big employers are also relocating. Software giant Oracle Corp. has moved its headquarters to Austin, and computer maker Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is shifting its headquarters to Houston. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is considering opening a new Florida hub, and the head of Moelis & Co. has said his bankers can pack up and go where they please.”

This migration will be an exciting trend to watch this year as more companies announce a relocation. If you are considering a move to one of these booming ecosystems, visit our job board for the latest opportunities across the country. And if you are one of these employers making this transition, let’s have a conversation to see how JSG can fit into your new hiring strategy in 2021.

Jobs With the Most Demand in December

It’s the last month of the year, and many of the hottest jobs from the previous month carried on into December. LinkedIn recently released its monthly report of the most in-demand jobs this month. Both tech and customer service jobs are a hot commodity right now, but there is a new trend that we are seeing among employers in today’s challenging market.

Tech talent is still in high demand

Technology-related jobs have taken over the list of jobs with the fastest-growing demand. Tech jobs make up five of the top ten jobs with the largest month-over-month growth, according to LinkedIn job postings in November. Oracle Specialist (+131%), Python Developer (+111%), User Interface Designer (+74%), Java Specialist (+63%), and Application Developer (+49%) are all in great need as we near the end of the year. Cloud Engineer job postings also jumped twelve spots to become the seventh-most populous job posting last month.

With tech companies and IT roles smoothly transitioning into working remotely, the demand for these positions likely will continue to grow into the new year.

Customer service jobs keep climbing during the holiday season

Customer service and retail positions surged over the month. Food Specialists saw the single greatest jump in demand, growing by 575%. Plus, several other in-person customer service roles saw huge bumps last month. Customer Assistant (+84%) and Receptionist (+92%) hit the list of jobs with the most demand for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. This growth is no surprise as companies prepare for holiday shopping sprees that commenced in late November.

However, these spikes may vanish as soon as they appeared, with the holidays approaching and coronavirus cases surging across the country. A new round of state-wide restrictions is in place in many states, affecting the growth of these roles. As a result, roles like Food Delivery Driver will continue to grow. Last month, food drivers were the fifth-most popular job posting on LinkedIn; this role will likely grow into the new year as more consumers utilize food delivery services.

Companies are investing in their employees

An exciting trend that we have seen over the last few months is companies investing in their employees’ learning and development. For some companies, it makes more fiscal sense to invest in their staff instead of pouring money into hiring efforts. This movement is creating a new hiring demand for Training Supervisors. Last month, demand for this role grew by 183%, pushing Training Supervisors as the job with the third fastest-growing demand.

Get the help you need this holiday season

So, these are the jobs with the fastest growing demand in December. If your hiring team exhausted all of its resources, reach out to us today. We are working with thousands of candidates that are ready to make an impact on your organization. Or, if you are a job seeker looking to start the new year with a new career opportunity, check out our job board! We have hundreds of exciting roles across North America that need talented candidates like you.

6 Hiring & Staffing Trends On The Rise In 2018

2018 Hiring & Staffing Trends

We’re in a new year which means new goals for candidates and companies alike. Many organizations are desperate to boost their talent by hiring employees poised for growth and advancement. Candidates, however, have a wealth of options in today’s candidate-driven market. Here’s a look at the staffing and hiring trends that will drive the job market in 2018.

Hiring Will Increase

Hiring was strong in 2017, the year ending with around a 4% unemployment rate. This push for hiring will continue to grow into 2018, with 61% of companies expecting to hire more talent in 2018 than the year previous. The best part? Companies are hiring to support growth – with 56% of employers aiming to use fresh talent to push growth agendas, and only 13% hiring to backfill open positions. (Source: Indeed)

Competition Is Hot

With the unemployment rate being so low, competition for hiring top talent is at an all-time high. 42% of employers are concerned about finding the candidate’s they need to fill new and existing positions.

The U.S. Tax Reform Bill

Whether you are for it or against it, the U.S. Tax Reform Bill was signed into law by President Trump on December 22. The tax reform will provide a whopping $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to corporations and businesses. These reductions in taxes may result in a boom in the economy and companies may look to create more jobs with their tax savings.

Increase In Contract Work

“In 2018 we expect to see a continued imbalance between a tight labor supply and fairly robust demand,” says Patrick Beharelle, CEO of TrueBlue. “And with such low unemployment, you tend to see more churn.” (Source: Monster) Rapid turnover in a candidate-driven market often increases the demand for temporary or temp-to-perm hiring. In 2018, employers will be eager to hire employees and train as they go in an effort to fill critical needs quickly.

Tech & STEM Will Lead The Way

2018 will continue to be a year of technological advancement and companies who want to stay competitive will be looking to hire top tech talent. Other STEM positions will also be in high demand as drones, streamlined product development, and data analysis become more and more prevalent in business operations. Between now and 2022, over one million new STEM jobs are expected to be created, with about half not even requiring a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, 93% of STEM occupations boast wages above the national average and these numbers are expected to continue rising as competition for this skilled talent increases.

Healthcare is Now the U.S.’s Largest Employer

Due to the escalation of medical spending and the inevitable aging of the U.S. population, the Healthcare industry just surpassed the manufacturing and retail markets as the largest source of jobs in the United States.