Where the Jobs Are: A First Look at Private Industry Job Growth and Wages in 2010

Source: National Employment Law Project, Data Brief, August 27, 2010

While technically the Great Recession may have ended sometime in the second half of 2009, it is clear that the US economy is mired in a tepid recovery at best. Job growth is anemic and not nearly strong enough to make up for two years’ worth of job losses or move the needle on unemployment.

That said, over the past seven months the private sector has seen a net gain of 630,000 jobs, giving us the opportunity to take a first look at where the jobs are growing, and what types of opportunities they are providing to America’s workers – job seekers, new labor market entrants, and current job holders.

In this data brief, we use a unique synthesis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data to track private industry employment and wages from December 2007 (the start of the recession) through July 2010 (the most recent month of data available).

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