December 2018 Workforce Report

LinkedIn recently released their monthly Workforce Report, which outlines national and local employment trends using data obtained by LinkedIn users. Here I outline key trends from Seattle’s report. In November 2018, hiring was 1.2 percent higher than it was at this same time last year, though seasonal adjustments revealed numbers slightly (0.2 percent) lower in November than October.

Skills Gaps

Using skills on LinkedIn member profiles and how in-demand said skills are in the local workforce, LinkedIn shares the top ten skills surpluses and shortages in Seattle.



Migration patterns reveal that over the past year, Seattle has gained the most workers from San Francisco, CA; New York City, NY; and Chicago, IL. The Emerald City has lost the most workers to Boise, ID; Phoenix, AZ; and Las Vegas, NV.” As LinkedIn writes, “Seattle has the most gross migration (gains + losses) with San Francisco Bay Area, CA.” This means that for every 10,000 LinkedIn members there are in Seattle, 45.9 either moved to or from San Francisco last year.