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Washington Job to Job Growth Led by California and Oregon

With wage growth nearly stagnant post recession, job-to-job moves have been the primary means by which workers have achieved better-paying jobs.

August 21, 2019
  • With wage growth nearly stagnant post recession, job-to-job moves have been the primary means by which workers have achieved better-paying jobs. 
  • Moving from job-to-job also provides an opportunity for career advancement and for states like Washington that rely on a highly skilled workforce, most positions can’t be filled without poaching talent from other firms. 
  • Since 2010, California has led the way for job to job moves to Washington state with more than twice that of second place Oregon.
  • Hiring from the Golden State has increased significantly since 2013 as Bay Area technology firms have ramped up hiring and cost of living concerns continue to plague California. 
  • As a leader in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning Washington state can’t rely on local talent to  build their workforce. This is evidenced by the fact that only one state, North Dakota, saw a net negative job flow since 2010. 

Source: JLL Research, US Census Bureau

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