According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American South and Midwest are surging ahead of the Northeast and West Coast in job offerings. WSJ:
A regional breakdown of the figures shows significant variation across the country. In the Midwest, hiring is up nearly 38% in the recovery, and the hiring rate — the number of hires per employed worker — has returned to pre-recession levels. The South’s rebound has been nearly as strong. Both regions have about three unemployed workers per job opening, better than the national average.The Northeast and the West, meanwhile, are lagging behind. Employers in the Northeast hired 713,000 workers in June, barely above the 710,000 they hired in the last month of the recession. The ratio of job-seekers to openings, at 3.3, is a hair below the national average, but that’s mostly because companies there aren’t posting many jobs: Openings are up just 21% since the recession ended.In the West, hiring is up a modest 14% since the end of the recession, but that has done little to make a dent in the region’s brutal unemployment problem. There are still 4.3 unemployed workers for every job opening in the West, by far the worst ratio in the nation.
Job numbers across the board are still very poor, but this is good news. These regions were the hardest hit in the recession; now the Midwest is benefiting from new energy jobs, while in the South, manufacturing is reviving.