Net Employment Change by Major Industry
Source: National Employment Law Project


I really like this bubble chart. I saw it last night in a report from the National Employment Law Project titled: “The Low-Wage Recovery: Industry Employment and Wages Four Years into the Recovery.”

Interestingly, the data has provoked opposing reactions from two media outlets. The Washington Post’s Wonkblog used the chart in a piece with the headline: “U.S. job growth is coming in all the wrong places.” The New York Times’ Upshot went in the opposite direction: “A Low-Wage Recovery? The Evidence Isn’t There.”

I see two things in the chart: The largest numbers of new jobs are coming from low-wage industries (the chart doesn’t inform us as to whether this is unusual based on prior recoveries and/or expansions).

Second, federal, state and local governments are still a net negative on employment — which is very different from past recoveries.


Originally published here.

Category: Employment, Wages & Income

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4 Responses to “Net Employment Change by Major Industry, February 2010 to March 2014”

  1. WickedGreen says:

    Damm, that is as good a simple visualization of complex data as I’ve seen in a long time.

    Just start your trend line at upper left, friends, and aim for 4 o’clock. Your “recovery”.

    I would love to know what the “Information” industry constitutes, though … professional punditry?

  2. rd says:

    The graph sure kills the myth that government workers get excellent fringe benefits in order to make up for lower pay.

    I suspect that government is going through the process that US companis went through in the 1980s and 1990s as they were “right-sized” and new ways to do things had to be developed to accomplish the same or better goals with fewer employees. I know based on my wife’s experience as a teacher that there is truckloads of low-hanging fruit of cost savings and increased efficiencies just begging to get implemented. All it will take is some some managers that can re-envision how government delivers services.. (I hope you noted my absorption of the “Origins of Office-Speak” article). I sense the governments are still in a state of denial on this but I expect that to change over the next few years as reality sinks in.

    • Futuredome says:

      That represent the total, with the “high office” income skewing the graph.

    • DeDude says:

      You have to compare similar jobs and education levels. There is a lot of lawyers in government and lawyers are paid very high salaries. However the lawyers in government get lower pay than those in the private sector.