How easy was it for people in different occupations to find jobs last year?

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The economists at the New York Federal Reserve have a cool interactive chart that allows you to see the job finding rates for everyone, and how different categories compare. The same chart also shows the average time people in different professions are out of work, and what proportion are unemployed.

Unfortunately, the categories aren’t the clearest, because the economists were trying to study an idea that jobs that can be automated or outsourced are shrinking faster than low-skilled jobs that aren’t as susceptible to labor substitution, or than some high-skilled jobs.

So there are some strange things lumped together — art , business and legal; computer science and architecture.

Also, I wish I knew who, exactly, is in “health care support.” Is that certified nursing assistants? Occupational therapy assistants? Medical billing? Medical coding?

Anyway, the most interesting points to me, if you don’t have the time to play with the chart yourself, were:

The job finding rate for everyone in 2007 was 36 percent, and now is 24 percent; for secretaries and other office administrative support, those numbers were 35 percent and 19 percent; for manufacturing production jobs, those numbers were 35 percent and 20 percent.

For the truly wonky, here’s the paper by the folks who put the chart together.



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