Job Trends

OccupationsThere is great news in the job market. In a recent address, President Obama announced, “Our businesses have now added nearly ten million jobs over the past 52 months. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008 – the fastest one-year drop in nearly 30 years.” Also, in the July 2014 Employment Statistics Survey Summary, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, “Over the past three months, employment has increased by an average of 245, 000 jobs per month.”

Research Professor Lee McPheters of the W.P. Carey School of Business analyzed figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile this list of the top 10 states for non-agricultural job growth:

  • North Dakota – up 3.6%
  • Utah – up 3.2%
  • California – up 3%
  • Colorado – up 2.9%
  • Texas – up 2.9%
  • Nevada – up 2.7%
  • Idaho – up 2.6%
  • Florida – up 2.5%
  • Washington – up 2.2%
  • Arizona – up 2.1%

So, in a job market that is quickly ramping up, how do employers find new employees with the skills they need? The success of your organization is based on effective hiring practices that find the right people for the right job. Here are just a few tips:

  • Create a website that markets your organization to applicants who would fit your needs.
  • Recruit online in places that talented employees you need are likely to be looking.
  • Use behavior-based job interviewing in which candidates describe examples of their skills.
  • Conduct appropriate pre-employment screening and testing to ensure you hire and retain applicants with the proper skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform the job.

These are all areas where MSEC can help. Whether it’s a call to discuss HR branding and recruiting online, attending our classes on interviewing, or using our pre-employment screening service, we can help you get what you need. If I can be of any help, just email me at pes@msec.org.