Texas No. 1 in location desirability for job seekers, report shows

Jul 16, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Texas ranks No. 1 in location desirability for job seekers, and is also the top destination in the U.S. for oil and mining job-related searches, a report released Tuesday shows


Location desirability rankings are based on the total number of external job searchers. The more external searches a state has, the higher it appears in the desirability rankings. Rankings are based on a normalized scale with Texas equal to 100


The Lone Star State also had the highest total number of searchers from outside the state. Data gathered by Indeed.com's research institute shows that people in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Louisiana are all actively looking for jobs in Texas, with people in California and New York searching the most


The report, released by Indeed.com's Hiring Lab, titled "Where People Search for Jobs: Cross-Border Mobility Report" was prepared based on aggregated and anonymous search data – from Indeed.com sites in 55 countries and economies – analyzed between May 2013 and April 2014. For the U.S., data for 51 states including the District of Columbia was sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis


In May, Texas had a 5.1 percent unadjusted unemployment rate, up from 4.7 percent in April and down from 6.3 percent a year ago. Additionally, in 2014 Texas saw its largest year-over-year job growth in nearly 17 years, according to the Texas Workforce Commission, adding 383,100 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs with the annual growth rate climbing to 3.4 percent


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