Jobs Forecast 2020 to 2026 | Employment Outlook US Cities BLS Statistics

Jobs Forecast 2020 to 2026 | Employment Outlook US Cities BLS Statistics

US Jobs Outlook

In the wake of the Corona Virus pandemic, January’s big gains in new job openings seems like a footnote in history. Unemployment claims are rocketing (3.3 million so far) as the panic over the virus is fueled by the media.

The work shutdown and unemployment are a serious issue which President Trumps stimulus plan will ease. Nothing can erase the damage done, and the stock market forecast reflects that. And the housing market stills sees a rough time this spring.  But the rebound will happen.

The 2020 US job outlook remains promising for job seekers in 2020. The last two months of job growth were outstanding, particularly last month.

There are many pessimists downplaying the incredible strength of the US economy and criticizing any rosy US economic forecast. It’s politics that’s making them ignore the numbers and paint overly dour outlooks.

But these jobs numbers reflect where we’re headed back to later this year. Consumer demand will return as workers are hired back. In fact, their credit lines will get a workout as they satisfy some latent demand. Housing prices will return and credit worthiness will improve.

Winter is Always the Worst for Jobs

January is usually the worst month for just about everything so that months 7 million rise in job openings bodes well for the coming post-Corona phase.  Last half 2019’s recovery bodes well for the housing market forecast as housing generates a lot of consumer spending and jobs.

ADP reported that December’s job gains rose by 202,000, above the predictions of 157,000 new jobs (averaged prediction by 160,000 economists).  Jobless claims dropped during the month as well. ADP also revised the November gains from 67,000 to 124,000 new jobs.

February US Jobs Report. Screenshot courtesy of

We have to keep in mind that the same upward revision might happen to December’s figures. The BLS figures for December are not out yet.

With trade and economic news favoring the US economy, the 2020 job forecast might be better than even experts forecast. The stock market is a believer and the housing market is seeing upward pressure on sales, perhaps soon higher home prices.

BLS reported total nonfarm payroll employment rose by an astonishing 273,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 3.5%.  They cited job gains occurred in health care and social assistance,
food services and drinking places, government, construction, professional and technical services, and financial activities.

Both the unemployment rate, at 3.5 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 5.8 million, changed little in February. The unemployment rate has been either 3.5% or 3.6% for the previous 6 months.

Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 9 cents to $28.52.


Highlights of the ADP Report (to be updated)

  1. private sector jobs rose 273,000
  2. goods production jobs up
  3. mid sized companies grew  jobs
  4. small companies added  jobs
  5. large enterprises added  jobs
  6. franchise employment growth us 59,700
  7. real estate jobs up 8,000
  8. financial jobs added 26,000
  9. construction jobs up 42,000
  10. manufacturing jobs
  11. professional and business jobs up 61,000
  12. education and health up 49,000
  13. leisure and hospitality down 10,000

The growth for SMBs is especially positive as that fuels even more growth in the overall economy.

Highlights of the US Job Report November

November was yet another outstanding month for the US job market. It’s the numbers stock market investors love hearing. It means the economy is rolling along because employers are optimistic about 2020.

In November, the jobless rate fell to 3.5%, equalling the lowest rate since 1969. The 60’s were a very good time. The labor force participation rate rose slightly, to 63.2%. The 266,000 jobs created was the strongest performance since last January. The usual trend of seasonal unemployment hasn’t taken hold in a while. These are historic employment numbers.

For students graduating in the spring, this jobs report suggests the next 5 years might be great years to launch their careers. Studies show students who graduate into recessions suffer their entire lives.

ADP jobs growth timeline – Courtesy of ADP

US Unemployment Rate Timeline

New US Plants Might be Popping up More Often

Jobs Survey 2020 graphic courtesy of Manpower Group

CNBC attributes November’s gains to the end of the GM strike which shrank previous months totals. GM announced they intend to build a huge new electric vehicle in Lordstown Ohio (rust belt renewal) a fantastic economic injection for the region. The plant is a joint venture with LG, and investment of $2.3 billion.

Don’t want to be partisan here, but President Trump’s insistence on America First and the use of tariffs is finally getting CEOs to build these plants in the USA. This auto manufacturing plant will create 1100 jobs.

US wages rose 3.1% year over year again beating expectations by the Dow Jones economists.

Jim Cramer’s old buddy Larry Kudlow stated “Bottom line, America is working” on the investment show Squawk on the Street. Kudlow added, “These are very strong numbers. These are happy numbers, these are sunny Friday numbers.”

It seems skittish corporate business owners are cheating themselves out of a strong economy. Despite their pessimism over International trade, US consumption is excellent. Fears of a recession are diminishing even with the Iran conflict in full bloom.

2020 was supposed to be the year of the recession according to experts and economists, but the 2020 housing market forecast, job market, and stock market outlook look promising.

BLS reports that in November, discouraged workers declined by 128,000 from a year earlier. 432,000 fewer people were marginally attached to the workforce (1.2 million) than 12 months ago. These are stats the media companies don’t discuss. Yet today, with low housing availability high rents, these jobs are vital to the health of the country.

Graphic courtesy of

Does anyone remember 2009?

Infographic courtesy of Manpower Group

2020 Brings Optimism for the Job Hunt

Wages: Average hourly wages grew again by 7 cents to $28.29 an hour. Over the last 12 months, average hourly earnings have risen 3.1%.

Graphic courtesy of

Recent stock market volatility is no reflection of this booming US economy. The government shut down will certain lower January’s rates, but as spring approaches, with the import tariffs intact, employment and wages should rise again. Which states/cities should benefit most?  Florida, AtlantaSan FranciscoTampa, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Boston, Milwaukee,

Although multinationals are balking at repatriating jobs from overseas the picture is excellent for US-based companies.  Investment in US stocks will be strong this year whereas Faang stocks may falter.

Screen capture pic courtesy of

Labor unrest seems to have eased as wages are beginning to climb and the jobless rate is as low as it can go.

One US economist forecasted that labor markets will tighten and wage growth will accelerate.  2020 will be good times for American workers. Offshore workers too will likely see upward growth as the US pulls up their wages.

When the economy gains momentum, wages rise, and optimism grows.  we’ll like see the additional effects of a resurgent housing market and the effects of investment in housing.  The forecast was for a much slower end to 2019, but even with stock market volatility and flat housing prices, these job numbers reflect the good times are rolling right into 2020.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Showing a Turnaround

BLS forecasted a drop in manufacturing jobs, yet you can see manufacturing jobs are coming back from Asia.

Graphic courtesy of FRED

BLS November Job Stats Brief :

  • unemployment fell 44,000 or .1% to 3.5%
  • number of unemployed persons decreased by 270,000 to 6.0 million
  • person employed in part time jobs for economic reasons rose 263,000 to 4.3 million (a pool of workers ready for full time jobs coming)
  • there were 325,000 discouraged workers same as one year ago
  • job gains in professional and technical (+31,000), in health care (+45,000), and in transportation and warehousing (+16,000), construction (+24,000), leisure and hospitality (+45,000), financial services (+13,000) and mining lost 5000 jobs.
  • manufacturing jobs rose 54,000
  • those worker with high school diploma saw unemployment rate rise .2% while those with college level education saw their jobless rate fall .2%

Career Opportunity for Debt Ridden Students

With employers desperate for workers and willing to train them, it’s an especially rosy picture. The power is shifting to workers and away from the multinationals and democrats, who are obviously not happy about it.

Demand for young workers and professionals will be high. Employment is increasingly dominated by older workers as we approach 2026, and yet a smaller pool of young workers will be available.  That is good news for older workers too, but as babyboomers retire, competent young replacements will be needed and wanted by corporations.

Screen Capture courtesy of

Young people are saddled with debt, yet it’s reported they don’t care about the “Make America Great Again” campaign to create high paying jobs for them now and in the next decade. Was high priced US education certificates nothing more than a scam to prepare young people for jobs that were not going to appear?


US-based Manufacturing starting to boom: The goods producing sector is expected to increase by 219,000 jobs, growing at a rate of 0.1% per year over the next 8 years.

Jobs Forecasts and Data

Where should I look for the best jobs? Does Florida, California, Texas have the opportunities I want? The charts, videos and commentary below show the best cities and employment/jobs sectors with the most promise. California will certainly lead in jobs produced from artificial intelligence. Programmers in AI will write their own checks.

From manufacturing to transportation and infrastructure development to energy to retail trade, 2020 looks like a rare opportunity for US workers to move, land a good paying job, grow their skills, experience, enjoyment, or buy a home, travel, and invest.

“Today, the ratio of unemployed Americans to open jobs stands at 1.4 to 1, down sharply from 6.6 to 1 during the last recession in July 2009. That shrinking pool of job seekers translates into fewer available candidates — leading to today’s growing reliance on recruiting from passive, already employed candidates.” – from Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at

Professional and business services looking strong in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.  Wages gains will be strongest in: Leisure & Hospitality (28%), Professional & Business Services, (25%), Transportation & Utilities (24%), Mining (22%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (22%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (19%), and Construction (18%),

California Jobs by Sector

Love those California wages, but not so much the California housing market.

Average Income by State

Growth in average income by state was a hot 5.0% in the 1st quarter of 2018, and still good at 4.2% in the 2nd quarter.

Will Fair Trade Create a Better Outlook for the US Worker?

What we learned from the free trade era is that good jobs inevitably leave to be near where products are designed and manufactured, especially if it’s cheap. Corporations are cutthroat when it comes to profit and tax reduction.

And today, investment funds flows in a millisecond, away from taxation to the cheapest labor markets.  US investment dollars were building jobs in other countries. What was left are skeletal retail sales and warehouse distribution jobs — few, part-time, and poor paying — the kind you already know all too well and which are being automated.

Canada and the UK have suffered equally with Free Trade however, will Fair Trade deliver sustained employment between honest trade partners?

The new post-Obama era holds a lot of promise for Millennials and Gen Z’s who are sadly mired in personal and student loan debt and only have a vague dream of ever buying a home. For babyboomers, this last kick at the can might be a very good kick!

The fact the US has performed as well as it has, shows this country’s creativity and resilience through the past 30 years. But this is a momentous time where very high quality jobs and business investment money will return to the US. Those who are skilled and experienced should be in exceptionally high demand and incomes will definitely rise. It’s good to be skilled and in demand!

Fresh Updated Forecast from Manpower Group

According to the new study and report by ManpowerGroup, a major information provider for employment forecasts, predictions and outlooks. Manpower Group surveyed more than 11,000 employers to learn more about their attitudes, needs and forecasts for hiring for 4th quarter 2018.

From the ManPowerGroup report, here are the cities with the best job forecast outlook:

Screen Capture courtesy of ManpowerGroup

Best Employment Sectors: Manufacturing, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Transportation & Utilities

The ManpowerGroup report doesn’t touch much on the Oil & Gas industry which could significant growth. Oil prices are rising slightly to under $60 a barrel for the next 2 years.  With a rising USD dollar, US energy exports could be very lucrative. Will North Dakota see a jobs boom?

Screen Capture Courtesy of

According to the US energy jobs report,

“Energy Efficiency employers project the highest growth rate over the next 12 months (9%), followed by Electric Power Generation (7%); Transmission, Distribution, and Storage (6%), and Motor Vehicles (3%).

The report suggests manufacturing in the energy sector will be low growth, but will Trump’s intentions change that?

The Best and Worst Cities for Jobs in the US

WalletHub has released its survey of US employers and generated a rating system of best cities for jobs. WalletHub’s analysts assessed 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 23 key indicators of job-market strength.  Criteria for job outlook rankings included: job opportunities, employment growth, median annual income and more. You can see the full list at

Where will you find a job this year? Here’s the latest employment outlook in the US:

Rank City Total Score ‘Job Market’ Rank Socio economic Rank
1 Scottsdale, AZ 70.48 1 2
2 Plano, TX 64.91 4 13
3 Orlando, FL 64.9 2 19
4 Sioux Falls, SD 64.72 5 11
5 San Francisco, CA 63.37 6 34
6 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 63.35 7 15
7 Chandler, AZ 62.71 16 8
8 Salt Lake City, UT 62.54 10 25
9 Tempe, AZ 62.17 15 12
10 Raleigh, NC 61.29 13 40
11 Peoria, AZ 61.26 14 37
12 Miami, FL 60.78 3 126
13 Honolulu, HI 60.49 18 33
14 Fort Lauderdale, FL 60.23 12 79
15 Fort Wayne, IN 60.15 8 73
16 Minneapolis, MN 60.11 31 6
17 Garland, TX 59.74 11 93
18 Gilbert, AZ 59.59 27 17
19 Overland Park, KS 59.58 34 5
20 San Jose, CA 59.41 22 38
21 Dallas, TX 59.36 9 117
22 Austin, TX 59.33 26 26
23 Washington, DC 59.09 20 61
24 Irvine, CA 58.72 49 3
25 Atlanta, GA 58.62 25 45
26 Grand Prairie, TX 58.59 23 55
27 Omaha, NE 58.47 35 16
28 Little Rock, AR 58.41 17 103
29 Boise, ID 58.12 52 4
30 Huntington Beach, CA 57.95 37 20
31 Nashville, TN 57.92 19 105
32 Ontario, CA 57.86 21 94
33 Lincoln, NE 57.76 58 9
34 Amarillo, TX 57.51 29 60
35 Denver, CO 57.23 42 22
36 Pittsburgh, PA 57.09 63 7
37 Irving, TX 57 24 102
38 San Diego, CA 56.98 48 21
39 Colorado Springs, CO 56.95 43 28
40 Tulsa, OK 56.94 28 84
41 Cincinnati, OH 56.93 36 49
42 Fremont, CA 56.81 45 32
43 St. Louis, MO 56.5 32 76
44 Reno, NV 56.4 38 50
45 Fontana, CA 56.18 30 95
46 Madison, WI 56.13 86 1
47 Glendale, AZ 55.99 33 96
48 Sacramento, CA 55.58 51 41
49 Mesa, AZ 55.54 41 62
50 Lubbock, TX 55.44 50 48
51 St. Paul, MN 55.36 76 14
52 Tampa, FL 55.33 66 30
53 Henderson, NV 55.29 54 46
54 Boston, MA 55.22 60 42
55 Phoenix, AZ 55.17 46 70
56 Vancouver, WA 55.09 68 31
57 Las Vegas, NV 54.87 62 43
58 San Antonio, TX 54.6 39 107
59 St. Petersburg, FL 54.58 61 53
60 Grand Rapids, MI 54.51 75 29
61 Durham, NC 54.31 47 90
62 Anchorage, AK 54.24 65 56
63 Richmond, VA 54.12 70 47
64 Charlotte, NC 54.06 55 86
65 Columbus, OH 53.93 73 51
66 Riverside, CA 53.81 56 97
67 Portland, OR 53.78 80 36
68 Chattanooga, TN 53.64 43 125
69 Arlington, TX 53.52 57 98
70 Aurora, CO 53.49 53 104
71 Jersey City, NJ 53.29 82 44
72 Pembroke Pines, FL 53.15 74 65
73 Santa Rosa, CA 53.02 88 35
74 Virginia Beach, VA 52.85 92 18
75 Oklahoma City, OK 52.78 72 89

What are your thoughts on the jobs forecast and outlook for 2020? Will Donald Trump be able to bring jobs back to the US or will the mid-terms, democrats, and trade frictions end the Make America Great Again campaign? Is free trade about to transition to fair trade, or will Trump simply reverse the trade deficits with China, Mexico and Indonesia?


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