Is your job in another state?

National unemployment is high, but business is booming in some states. Vermont needs teachers. Nevada needs bartenders. North Dakota needs truck drivers and just about everything else.

Despite these opportunities, Americans aren’t moving much and unemployment remains high.  One reason for this is that moving can be expensive and disruptive, especially for those with families and roots in their communities. But another reason may just be lack of awareness about the opportunities in other states. That’s why I have made a new website: Enter your job skills, and the website will provide an interactive map showing where you are most in demand.

SecurityOfficerStates are ranked by their ratio of job postings to unemployment. This is a pretty good metric, but it isn’t perfect. To understand why, imagine two states with the same posting/unemployed ratio for a particular job. If you are trained for the job, you might have better luck applying in a state where the unemployed population is either untrained or unwilling to take that type of job, even though the two states have the same ratio. There also may be differences across states in the use of Still, I think my results have reasonably good face validity, and the results for many jobs are close to what you would except. If you average across jobs, you get something pretty close to an independently created measure called the “Opportunity Index”.

Job posting data was collected using the api. Unemployment numbers came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information about how this works, see my the GitHub repository.

5 thoughts on “Is your job in another state?

  1. Is there any chance you could get data for physicians?
    I know physicians wrapping up their residencies and fellowships that are struggling to find a job even though media reports claim we have physician shortages. It would be fascinating to learn about what specialties and locations have openings.


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  3. I like the concept, and feel that it’s important information to share, but I would love to see a more granular depiction of the data… perhaps by metropolitan region, county, or even as a rasterized heat map. The reason being that local economies differ drastically from one metro area to the next.


    • Hey Ken, totally agree but unfortunately BLS doesn’t provide that sort of unemployment data at that granularity. If I had the time, I’d look into it more, but it’s a tricky problem. I’d also need to make assumptions about how far people are willing to commute (unemployed people in one county may be willing to take jobs in a neighboring county).


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