Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the Metro Area Unemployment and Employment Summary. This report revealed that of 372 metro areas in the US, 280 had lower unemployment rates during October 2013 than in October 2012, and 214 areas had rates below the national average of 7.0%. We looked at hiring demand in the metros with the lowest unemployment rates to see which jobs led demand in these areas.
Metro Areas with the Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Bismark, ND
- Fargo, ND
- Grand Forks, ND
- Sioux Falls, SD
- Ames, IA
- Iowa City, IA
- Lincoln, NE
- Midland, TX
- Burlington, VT
- Mankato, MN
Combined, these metro areas had about 75,000 job ads posted online during November 2013, up 3% when compared to November 2012. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver surpassed Registered Nurse demand in the past year to become the most advertised job by employers in these locations. The number of online job listings increased the most for Truck Drivers, up 51% year-over-year. Below are the occupations with the highest demand in the metro areas with the lowest unemployment rates.
Most In-Demand Jobs in the Metro Areas with the Lowest Unemployment
|Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers||4385|
|First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers||2311|
|Customer Service Representatives||2215|
|First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers||1832|
|Maintenance and Repair Workers, General||1252|
|Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products||1222|
|First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers||1102|
|Computer User Support Specialists||1031|
In addition to Truck Drivers, First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers also experienced the largest year-over-year growth, increasing 47% since last November. Of the most advertised occupations listed above, only 2 had declining demand, Registered Nurses and Computer User Support Specialists, decreasing 34% and 18% respectively. It's surprising to see the number of ads for Registered Nurses decrease as this job continues to be the most in-demand occupation throughout the US and it had a year-over-year increase of 17% nationally.
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