illustration of numeral 5 on article with five links published 2015-06-29Five Links: Recruiting is Regional (and so is HR)

Talent Acquisition and Management is most often an expression of local culture, customs, and, manners. Laid on top of that substructure is the movement of industries to the places where they are most readily grown. Today’s links give a good foundation for thinking about the issues.

  • The Best Cities for Jobs: 2015
    Not every tech hot spot has the Bay Area’s advantages, which include venture capital, the presence of the world’s top technology companies and a host of people with the know-how to start and grow companies. But other metro areas have something Silicon Valley lacks: affordable housing. Most of the rest of our top 15 metro areas have far lower home prices than the Bay Area, or for that matter Boston, Los Angeles or New York. And they also have experienced strong job growth, often across a wider array of industries, which provides opportunities for a broader portion of the population.
  • A Sharp Drop in Interstate Migration? Not Really
    From the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
    The answer boils down to how you think about the people who didn’t answer the question. Worth a sturdy read if you rely on government statistics for workforce planning.
  • Why are Higher Skilled Workers More Mobile Geographically? The Role of the Job Surplus
    Among those aged 25-34, 2 percent of high school dropouts make job-motivated moves annually, compared to 7 percent of the postgraduate-educated. Skim this one.
  • The Cities Winning The Battle for Information Jobs: 2015
    “…the boomlet in software, Internet publishing, search and other “disruptive” cyber companies has hardly been a windfall in terms of employment. As jobs in those areas have been created, employment has shriveled in old media like newspaper, magazine and book publishing (these industries lost a net 172,000 jobs from 2009 through 2014). In the 52 largest metropolitan areas that we studied, information employment declined for roughly half from 2009 through 2014. Overall, in information industries (a sprawling sector that also includes movie and TV production, radio and another big job loser, telecom) employment has shrunken 4.2% since 2009 to 2.7 million jobs, while total nonfarm employment in the U.S. grew by 5.1%. Looking at the information sector give us an important picture of how these changes have shifted jobs to certain regions and away from others.
  • Fastest Growing US Cities Import Their College Grads
    In Denver, fully half of out-of-state adults in the area hold a college degree, compared to less than one-third of those born in Colorado. In Baltimore, where racial violence flared this month, the gap is even wider: The share of its working age adults born out-of-state with a college degree (53 percent) is fully double the share of its Maryland residents with that much education (26 percent). In Houston, which ranks near the top in job creation, 41 percent of out-of-state adults hold college degrees, compared to just 26 percent of those born in-state. In Charlotte and Atlanta, the gap between out- and in-state degree holders approaches 20 percentage points; in Washington, it nears 30 percentage points.
  • Do Jobs Follow People or Do People Follow Jobs?
    People follow jobs. Or, so say Enrico Moretti and Timothy Noah. No, they don’t say Edward Glaeser and Richard Florida. “To summarize, talent retention causes brain drain. Innovation didn’t move from Detroit to Silicon Valley because of some failure of place or lousy climate. Talent and innovation clustered in San Francisco-San Jose because California won’t enforce non-compete agreements while Michigan and Massachusetts will.”

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