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Labor Market Explorer for US Metropolitan Areas

Labor Market Explorer for US Metropolitan Areas

The Labor Market Explorer is a set of dynamic and interactive maps combining information at the metropolitan-areas and county levels. As a result, the users can:

  1. track the employment changes across eight major economic sectors (education and health services, financial activities, government, information, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, professional and business services, and trade, transportation, and utilities) for a specific metropolitan area

  2. look at the behavioral, demographic, economic, and social profile of its population based on the Community Explorer

The maps show the evolution of the employment, monthly and yearly changes, since January 2020. They also indicate the governing party of the area and provide updates on state lockdown, and stay-at-home orders, and indoor mask mandates. The information can be filtered by the 8 county-profiles dedined in the Community Explorer .

Interactive Maps

Source: Moody’s Analytics; Milken Institute

Community Explorer

The Community Explorer identifies the different populations or communities based on their behavioral, demographic, economic, and social profiles.

Using machine learning techniques, the counties are clustered into 8 community profiles:
1 - the most ethnically diverse community with the highest income level. It is a highly educated cohort that resides in large metro areas. (38% US population)
2 - highly educated, economically prosperous, mostly White counties in metro areas. (25% US population)
3 - the largest Black population, whose income is the lowest income of all the profiles. These counties are primarily concentrated in the south-east. (12% US population)
4 - the largest white population with the lowest income of all the profiles. It encompasses mostly rural counties in the East North Central, and Northeast regions. (7% US population))
5 - predominantly White counties whose economy depends mostly on manufacturing and are located around the Midwest region. (6% US population)
6 - the youngest cohort of the profiles, with the largest Hispanic population, the least education level, access to healthy food, and health insurance. The counties are concentrated in the West and West South-Central regions. (5% US population)
7 - the oldest cohort of the profiles and consists of mostly White, elderly retirement communities. (4% US population)
8 - the most rural cohort made of an older White population with the most limited access to healthy food of all the profiles. The counties are mostly in the north part of the West, Midwest, and Northeast regions. (3% US population)

What does each industry sector include

  • Education and health services sector includes educational services and health care and social assistance (individual and family services; emergency and other relief services; vocational rehabilitation services; child day care services).

  • Financial activities sector includes monetary authorities - central bank; credit intermediation and related activities; securities, commodity contracts, investments, and funds and trusts; insurance carriers and related activities; real estate; rental and leasing services; lessors of nonfinancial intangible assets.

  • Government sector includes federal, state, and local government jobs.

  • Information sector includes publishing industries, except Internet; motion picture and sound recording industries; broadcasting, except Internet; telecommunications; data processing, hosting and related services; other information services.

  • Leisure and hospitality sector includes arts, entertainment, and recreation (performing arts and spectator sports; museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks; amusements, gambling, and recreation), accommodation and food services (accommodation; food services and drinking places), other services (repair and maintenance; personal and laundry services; membership associations and organizations).

  • Manufacturing sector includes wood products; nonmetallic mineral products; primary metals; fabricated metal products; machinery; computer and electronic products; electrical equipment and appliances; transportation equipment; furniture and related products; miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing; food manufacturing; textile mills; textile product mills; apparel; paper and paper products; printing and related support activities; petroleum and coal products; chemicals; plastics and rubber products; miscellaneous nondurable goods manufacturing.

  • Professional and business services sector includes professional and technical services (legal services; accounting and bookkeeping services; architectural and engineering services; specialized design services; computer systems design and related services; management and technical consulting services; scientific research and development services; advertising and related services; other professional and technical services), management of companies and enterprises, and administrative and waste services (administrative and support services; waste management and remediation services).

  • Trade, transportation, and utilities sector includes wholesale trade; retail trade; transportation and warehousing; utilities.

Related Research

- The Community Explorer: Informing Policy with County-Level Data
- Community Explorer
- COVID-19 Community Explorer
- Weighing Down America: 2020 Update

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Data sources and raw data can be found on our GitHub page. For questions and comments: [email protected].