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May Job Postings Up 44% From April Floor

June 10th, 2020|

May full-time job postings on were up 44% from April with over 1.2 million jobs posted on the Indeed jobs board compared to 843,000 in April. Every major occupational group experienced growth in the month of May as shown in the scatterplot below. Most notably, military and personal care occupational groups were up 111% and 79% respectively. Was May a True Rebound? A job growth number of 44% always sounds impressive. But in this case, the job postings number was

Is Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Adequate?

May 27th, 2020|

Several weeks ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released updated Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey data. BLS OES is one of those foundational programs and datasets that are used for comprehensive occupational analysis. It produces employment and wage compensation estimates annually for nearly 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available. Programs like the OES are based

When is a Job Essential?

May 14th, 2020|

Critical Infrastructure Accounts for 60% of Jobs as the Rest Open Up The stay-at-home orders under the COVID-19 pandemic separated “essential” from “non-essential”. Businesses deemed essential stayed open. Those that were not essential shut down. Sometimes those lines were very blurred with individual states and even communities making those choices unilaterally. Fortunately the LMI Institute and C2ER have produced a list of Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes connected to critical infrastructure (e.g., essential) industries. The list is based on the

March 2020 Job Postings Signals Seismic Labor Shifts

April 2nd, 2020|

New Labor Market Analysis Application Released by Public Insight The COVID-19 reality is starting to reflect itself in the labor market. Volatility in the labor market will be the new normal for the foreseeable future. We analyzed and coded over 2 million active job postings as of past Saturday, March 28 to find that 1 in 5 jobs that were posted in the month of March are either in healthcare or the military. Nursing by itself is 1 in 10 jobs. We have created a

Distance Education Rebounds

March 18th, 2020|

Distance Education is now 12.3% of all programs and up 7.6% in 2018 Social distancing, at least for now, is the new normal and along with it comes distance education. Each year we look at what the data is telling us for distance education programs. Last year, I suggested that it appeared that distance education may have hit its peak as the distance education percentage had flattened after years of increases. This sparked a rather vigorous online debate. I may

The 13 College Scorecard Title IV Outcomes

March 3rd, 2020|

Where Students Go Based on the Latest College Scorecard Data In our last post, we provided some insight into the IPEDS Outcome Measures data. The IPEDS Outcome Measures data was designed as a supplement to graduation rate data which has always been questioned as an effective measure for measuring student outcomes. A lesser known, but interesting alternative is the outcomes reported for Title IV aid recipients as part of the College Scorecard data.  This data is provided by the National

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