Jobs Forecast 2019 to 2026 | Employment Outlook US Cities BLS Statistics

Jobs Forecast 2019 to 2026 | Employment Outlook US Cities BLS Statistics

Jobs Forecast for 2019

With the US economy booming, it’s probably no surprise that employment and wages would eventually rise.  It’s been slow, mostly due to multinationals dragging their feet on the repatriation of jobs from overseas which will take place in 2019.

October’s employment report was incredible: 250,000 jobs created with a 49 year low unemployment rate of 3.7%. This is something to celebrate.

It’s All Good News!

Most of the job growth came from health care, construction, and manufacturing (296,000 jobs over the past year). People who have been chronically unemployed are re-entering the workforce which takes a big weight off of social programs and perhaps on the justice system. Although housing affordability is still low, it may be helping with the homeless problem.

The outlook is excellent, with consumer confidence at an 18 year high.  However the Fed sees the latest wage growth of 3.1% as an ominous cost to business. They’re not celebrating a better life for Americans.  It seems the road to higher employment and wages will have ongoing political roadblocks.

Fed Reports 3rd Quarter 2018 Wage Growth very Healthy

Wages and employment rates are the 2 key indicators to a healthy country.  In fact, consumer spending makes up about 70% of economic output in the US supporting housing, manufacturing, retailing, and agriculture.  With Free Trade in the rear view mirror, it’s all about building US GDP and supporting US growth.

The Fed’s interest rate increases and its complaint about the latest job/wage report (+3.1%, the best since 2008) are an insult. These same growth rates would have been considered gravely disappointing to the Chinese, if this had this been China’s. stats. Unemployment dropped to 3.7%.  And 3rd quarter GDP rose 3.6% so businesses are enjoying excellent returns on their investment in America’s workforce.

Screen capture pic courtesy of

Will this year’s wage rises going to rebuild America’s long missing middle class, or will the new Fed interest rate increases extinguish the flame, and the hopes of a generation? The removal of Free Trade is the key factor that supports wage growth and a less stressful fight for existence for Americans. Workers are increasingly getting paid what they’re worth in aiding business profits.

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

But Where are the High Paying Jobs?

As we enter 2019, the big question is when the higher paying jobs will begin appearing and when US manufacturing will begin in earnest. Some multinationals are doing all they can to avoid bringing operations/jobs to the US, and it might take until spring before they’re under severe enough pressure to do so. They’re hoping to wait it out for a Trump defeat, or grief to him from democrat media, but given this jobs, wage and economic report, a Trump loss in 2020 is highly unlikely.

When the economy gains momentum, wages rise, and optimism grows, we’ll like see the additional effects of a resurgent housing market.  Will the massive wave of resentment of the democrats be enough to douse the republican’s party?

The January 1st China Tariff Deadline

While retailers and multinational companies are bringing in product before the Jan 1st tariff deadline creating a blip in certain job sectors, overall in 2019, the job market is looking excellent for Americans looking for better pay and for young Americans wanting a real career. It reflects a very solid US economic forecast.

See also posts on stock market corrections, FAANG stock predictions, and potential stock market crashes.

Total employment is projected to keep growing by 11.5 million jobs over the 2016–26 decade, reaching 167.6 million jobs in 2026. You can see all the sectors improving, but manufacturing is one to keep an eye on. Over a 12 month period ending in July, U.S. manufacturing added 327,000 jobs, the most of any 12-month period since April 1995. During Jan to Mar phase, it will be suppressed, but as spring approaches, manufacturing growth will bloom.

Survey Suggests Optimism Globally

Will US hiring resurgence kill jobs globally? According to ManpowerGroup, no.

“Fourth-quarter hiring plans strengthen in 22 of 44 countries and territories when compared to the July-September time frame, weaken in 14 and are unchanged in eight. When compared to last year at this time, Outlooks improve in 23 countries and territories, weaken in 13 and are unchanged in seven.” — ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey United States 4th Quarter 2018.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Showing a Turnaround

BLS forecasted a drop in manufacturing jobs, yet the reverse is happening. After decades of dropping employment in manufacturing, the turnaround is astonishing as you can see in this graphic, yet you can see the potential for it as the tariffs being manufacturing jobs back from Asia.

September 2018 Job Report:


  • unemployment fell 0.2 percentage point to 3.7%
  • 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 4.6 million (a pool of workers ready for full time jobs coming)
  • there were 383,000 discouraged workers same as one year ago
  • job gains in professional and business services (+54,000), in health care (+28,000), and in transportation and warehousing (+24,000), construction (+24,000)
  • manufacturing sector was up 278,000 jobs, with about 80% of the gain in the durable goods component
  • average hourly earnings increased 2.8 percent, seasonally adjusted, from September 2017 to September 2018 (8 cents to $27.24)
  • state personal income increased 4.2% on annual basis


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 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?

Photo courtesy of

As we enter 2019, past the January to March tariff transition phase, worker’s minds will begin focusing on higher wages and better jobs. Worker mobility will increase as they become more confident of the US economic outlook.

The democrats will give up as wages improve, exports grow, and the middle class begins to reappear. It won’t happen overnight and there is no housing market bubble.

Avoid the media “sour grapes” rhetoric. Transitioning the US back to health is no easy task and losing the status quo will hurt, but only a little. This is the time for Millennials to envision a better job and prepare for the future when they  may launch their own business.  Millennials, be smart. You deserve a better life. You’ll get that student loan paid off!

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. From manufacturing to transportation and infrastructure development to energy to retail trade, 2019/2020 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 its 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?  I believe it will.

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

Which Sector will see the best growth?  If you ask President Trump, he might say manufacturing.  Wholesale, Retail trade, professional and business services, and financial look pretty good for 2017. See the forecast for East, West, South and North US here.

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 2019, and 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?

Latest Posts: NASDAQ DOW S&P Predictions | Stock Market CorrectionUS Economy Predictions | Housing Market Predictions | Stock Market Predictions | Stock Market Forecast 2019 |  US Dollar Outlook | Real Estate Investment | Homes for SaleToronto Housing Predictions 2019 | Los Angeles Real Estate Forecast | New York Real Estate Predictions |   Auto Insurance | US Housing Bubble | China Housing Market Predictions | Stock Market Crash 2019 | Affordable Housing |  Will There be a Housing Market Crash? | When is the Best Time to Buy?

No Comments

Post A Comment