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County Monthly Workforce Trends
Keep up-to-date with current county monthly workforce patterns and trends using the CV APIGateway. Automatically updated with multi-sourced demographic-economic data, the APIGateway Integrated Profile (IP) provides monthly workforce updates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Employment and Wages (place of work data) and Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAU - place of residence data). This section is focused on data and analytical tools to examine county workforce trends and patterns using the Local Area Unemployment Statistics data.
A unique and important property of the LAU data is that they are the only source of semi-official data available on a national scale for each/all counties and larger places providing current and monthly data on unemployment and the unemployment rate. The next runner-up to these estimates are the ACS 5 year estimates that are a) for a five year period and b) at least 3 years old (to the mid-point of the estimate period) when they become available. These highly perishable and time-sensitive economic measures are important to understanding the relative and absolute strength or weakness of workforce conditions and the employment sector on a local and regional basis.
The table presented below is a section taken from the APIGateway IP for Santa Clara County, CA (San Jose-Cupertino metro). The monthly/annual LAU data shown in the table are available for each/all counties. The APIGateway IP shows these four workforce series from 2011 forward. It auto-updates monthly with only a two-month lag to the reference time period. View a series as a chart: click a link in the table. Optionally set a wider time interval.
Santa Clara County, CA Monthly Labor Force Characteristics
Using GIS Resources for Visual Pattern Analysis
Separate from the APIGateway IP, the 2008-2012 annual time series data have been integrated into a U.S. by county shapefile. The graphic shown below illustrates how these tools can be used to examine the change in employment conditions by county since the recession started. This view shows the change in the unemployment rate from 2008 to 2012. Counties with red coloring experienced/are experiencing/ a 3-percent or more increase in the unemployment rate in 2012 compared to 2008. Using this measure alone, it is easy to see the extent to which the economy in many areas is still struggling to compensate for the recession impact and exactly which county/regional areas are impacted and how much. While one county might be prospering, many adjacent or nearby counties are not. See zoom-in to Santa Clara county area, below in this section.
The shapefile and GIS project are available to ProximityOne User Group members. (join now, no cost). Use these resources to develop wide-ranging variations of this view and analyze tabular data on your own computer; integrate your own data; add other types of geography; zoom-in to specific metros/regions.
Use the interactive table below to examine this same set of annual workforce data 2008-2012. Click ShowAll button below table and then FindInName with default value "Santa Clara" to view the 5-year series for the same scope of subject matter as shown above in monthly form. The interactive table provides a convenient structure to view, rank, compare counties using these measures.
County Workforce Patterns: 2008-2012 -- Interactive Table
Click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction.
See usage notes below table. See related Ranking Tables Main Page
Use FindInName to find a county by name.
- Click ShowAll button first.
- Key in any part of name and click FindInName button.
- Search will filter for any name (column 2) with that exact, case sensitive, spelling.
Selected columns buttons
- Click 2009 to view 2009 items.
- Click 2010 to view 2010 items.
- Click 2011 to view 2011 items.
- Click 2012 to view 2012 items.
- Click URSeries to view 2008-2012 unemployment rate.
Click ShowAll button between specific queries.
Some Alaska county geography changed in 2010 affecting estimates; not reflected in table.
San Francisco Area Zoom-in
View illustrates using identify tool to show mini-profile of Santa Clara county. Labels show county name and 2010 annual average unemployment rate.
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