Hiring Continues to Climb: LinkedIn Workforce Report November 2017

The LinkedIn Workforce Report is our monthly report on hiring, skills, and migration trends in the U.S. The latest report shows that hiring continues strong through October. Hiring across the U.S. was 24.1% higher this October versus October 2016. At tech companies and NGOs, politics-related skills are in high demand. Outside of state capitals, where state governments dominate the hiring scene, tech companies and NGOs are top employers hiring people with “politics” skills—which range from...


Hiring Remains Strong: LinkedIn Workforce Report October 2017

Hiring across the U.S. was 19.8% higher this September versus September 2016. The crunch for construction workers intensifies in the Southeast. Growth in Nashville’s tech sector outpaces supply of skilled workers.


Hiring Trends up from This Time Last Year: LinkedIn Workforce Report September 2017

In this month's LinkedIn Workforce Report, we take a look at hiring, skills gaps, and migration trends across the United States, as well as localized employment trends in 20 U.S. cities. Hiring is up 7.2% from last August. Detroit has rebounded from its unemployment crisis and has a burgeoning tech sector. And fast-growing city economies are creating new travel destinations - and new demand for people with travel and hospitality skills. Check out the full report here.


Recruiting Trends Show Continued Hiring Streak Through Summer: LinkedIn Workforce Report August 2017

This summer’s hiring streak continues into the month of July with hiring across the U.S. up 17.3% this July compared to July 2016. The industries that experienced the biggest year-over-year increase in hiring in July are oil and energy which saw a 27.8% increase, manufacturing and industrial with a 16.8% increase, and architecture and engineering which grew 15.5%. This is according to our August LinkedIn Workforce Report. While we’ve seen specialty medical skills - including OB/GYN, surgery,...


Introducing the LinkedIn Workforce Report

It’s difficult to navigate your career if you aren’t aware of the opportunities and obstacles that lay ahead of you. That’s why we developed the LinkedIn Workforce Report. It’s a new report we’ll publish on a monthly basis that shows you how much hiring is increasing or decreasing across the U.S., cities, and industries; which skills cities need most; and where workers are moving to and from. So for example, hiring across the U.S. in January was 11.4% higher than January 2016. And oil and...


Vote: An Important Connection to Economic Opportunity

LinkedIn's vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. While LinkedIn’s products and services and our work on the Economic Graph will help make that vision a reality, economic opportunity is impacted by larger societal issues. Government policies on issues such as tax, trade, immigration, education, health care and the environment will be influenced by the results of these elections. As a result, LinkedIn is doing two things around this year’s U.S....


How LinkedIn’s Economic Graph Is Helping To Close The Skills Gap

Every day, LinkedIn’s more than 450 million members add new connections, update their profiles, and share their professional insights. And employers post jobs, and make hires. Every public action they take on LinkedIn gives us a clearer snapshot of the global workforce, and results in what we call the Economic Graph -- a digital map of the global economy that includes every member of the global workforce and their skills, all open jobs, all employers, and all educational institutions. Our...


Soft Skills Crucial To Landing Your Dream Job

Earlier this year, we published a list of the 25 most in-demand skills — like mobile development, channel marketing, and economics. As you may have noticed, all of the skills on the list are “hard skills,” or specific skills required to do a job that can be learned. That’s why we were surprised when recruiters started telling us that they were having a hard time finding people with the right “soft skills,” or personal attributes that help people interact effectively with others – like...


Bringing the Economic Graph to Life: LinkedIn Speaker Series with Zoë Baird

Zoë Baird, CEO and President of the Markle Foundation, believes that the world’s economy is changing -- and she’s right. Long gone are the days of the Industrial Revolution, and the tools that were created to address that difficult transition. We are now in the thick of a digital revolution and as a result, a “digitized” economy. The training people need to succeed is also shifting. We live in an economy that is forgoing the traditional and instead looking for skills-based knowledge and continued growth -- regardless of whether or not you have a degree.

Zoë sat down with Allen Blue, VP, Product Management and Co-Founder at LinkedIn, at the latest LinkedIn Speaker Series to discuss how these transitions can be difficult to navigate not only for policy makers, but for you, me, our families, and everyone who’s looking to create a good life. They both provided insight into what the Markle Foundation and LinkedIn are doing to help people advance their careers.

While this new economy presents hurdles to overcome, like getting people the training they need and creating jobs, it also presents many of the solutions. In fact, Zoë shared that new insights from professional networks like LinkedIn can help educational institutions update their curriculum so that students learn the skills they need to qualify for open jobs. Yes, platforms like the one you’re on right now.

For example, LinkedIn is building the world’s first Economic Graph -- a digital map of the global economy that includes every member of the global workforce and their skills, all open jobs, all employers, and all educational institutions. LinkedIn has been sharing insights from the Economic Graph with policy makers, educators, and employers all around the world to help improve economies, like our partnership with Skillful -- a Markle Foundation initiative to help workers in Colorado and Phoenix with high school diplomas and some or no college education gain new skills to advance their careers. We also developed Training Finder, a new product that helps job seekers acquire new skills and advance their careers by showing relevant training programs in their area and valuable details to help them get the skills they need to get the job they want.

As I listened to Zoë and Allen discuss solutions with a true passion for creating economic opportunity for everyone, I was reminded that it’s not just the politicians who will pave the way for a brighter economic future. It’s about the business owners and entrepreneurs who are creating jobs, the workers who may not have traditional education but have the dedication, and the people who are passionate enough to develop the training and the tools, creating a better life, for everyone.

Watch the full LinkedIn Speaker Series video below, or listen to the podcast, and learn more about how the Markle Foundation, Skillful, and LinkedIn are helping create economic opportunity.

Most Popular Cities and Jobs for Americans Working Abroad

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Have you ever thought about doing your job in a completely different part of the world? Many of us have fantasized about adding global work experience to our LinkedIn profiles, but typically talk ourselves out of the idea with questions like “How can I afford to pick up and leave?” or “Will it have negative consequences on my career?” With more companies expanding their operations abroad, employment opportunities overseas are becoming increasingly prevalent. This means you now have more opportunities to pursue your globe-trotting dream while adding valuable experience to your professional toolkit.

To help you kick start this journey, we took a look at LinkedIn data of US LinkedIn members working internationally* to uncover the most popular cities among American expats and what types of work they’re pursuing. Here’s what we found:

Where American expats are working: London reigns supreme

When looking at which international cities are attracting the most US talent, London is the indisputable leader of the pack, representing 18% of all international assignments. If, however, it’s a little bit of sunshine you’re after, Australia has two cities securing top spots on the list, Sydney and Melbourne.

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Top jobs for Americans working abroad: teaching takes the cake

As you’re contemplating a possible relocation abroad, you may be curious to know whether peers in your industry have made a similar move. Are there ample opportunities in your field? Can you tap into your professional network here to help secure work there? If you’re in an educational field, the answer is most certainly yes - teachers, translators and language instructors are the number one occupation of Americans working overseas. Sales, marketing and public relations roles also ranked at the top of the list.


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US springboards for global careers: international aspirations bloom in Bloomington

We’ve looked at where they’re going, but what about where most American expats are from? We’ve uncovered which small, mid-size and large US cities are their most prominent springboards. DC led the pack among the largest US cities, while a dark horse emerged in the small city category: Bloomington, IN!

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Large Cities

Mid Size Cities

Small Cities

Washington D.C.

Tucson, AZ

Bloomington, IN

New York City

Buffalo, NY

Urbana-Champagne, IL

Austin, TX

Providence, RI

Santa Barbara, CA

Boston, MA

Rochester, MN

Lawrence, KS

San Francisco, CA

New Orleans, LA

Gainesville, FL

IIf you’re eager to pursue your global career aspirations, be sure to check out the many job opportunities available to you on LinkedIn.

This data was powered by our Economic Graph - a digital representation of the global economy.


*The results of this analysis represent the world seen through the lens of LinkedIn data. As such, it is influenced by how members choose to use the site, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility. These variances were not accounted for in the analysis. The sample is comprised of 25K LinkedIn members that completed a 4-year degree in the US, had their first job in the US, and went abroad for an international experience sometime after January 1st, 2010 for longer-term experiences (i.e. not summer / student internships). Nationality and visa status are not fields included in the LinkedIn profile. Therefore, we cannot make any inferences on the citizenship of our members who were included in this analysis. For the regional analyses, we used total LinkedIn membership to segment the cities into small, mid-size, and large, as LinkedIn membership is correlated with actual population.