Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The best place to find a job is where there are lots of job postings per capita AND they pay above average wages...Look at these two maps then load up the moving van...

 I came across these two maps at about the same time.  Saw one and thought of the other. The first one shows national wage comparisons--green areas are where wages/salaries are above average and the red areas are below average.  The second one shows job postings per capita.  The bigger the bubble the more openings per person.  If you look closely at the areas with large bubbles they are, in general, areas where lots of high tech (Washington, Oregon, San Jose CA) and high value manufacturing (i.e. pharmaceuticals) take place. Lots of white collar "clean" occupations.  These are the hardest to fill positions because they require LOTS of skill and education.  While not a perfect comparison, the two graphs correlate rather well between job postings and higher wages.  Some geographical areas are gray areas. Austin, Tx has a large bubble but is not considered a high wage area.  I think it is borderline. It is rapidly becoming a high tech hub.  Maybe a little green is in its future...

Source: WSJ

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