Workforce Metrics: Attracting Candidates and Aging Labor Pools


WORKFORCE METRICS

Attracting Candidates
Ranking by college students of the most important factors in choosing a job, 2008

Job/employer attributes Ranking
Opportunity for advancement 9.74
Good insurance package 9.20
Friendly co-workers 8.93
Company location 8.90
Opportunity for personal development 8.88
High starting salary 8.85
Recognition for good performance 8.54
Opportunity for self-expression and creativity 7.69
Clearly defined assignments 7.47
Casual atmosphere (noncompetitive environment) 7.25
Company embraces diversity 7.15
Company takes an active role in the community 6.77
Signing bonus 6.21
Company is a recognized name 6.18
Note: Survey of 19,000 college students.
Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers

Aging Labor Pools
Median age of the labor force by sex, race and ethnicity, 1986, 1996, 2006 and projected 2016

1986 1996 2006 2016
Total 35.4 38.3 40.8 42.1
Men 35.7 38.3 40.6 41.6
Women 34.9 38.2 41.0 42.8
White 35.6 38.6 41.3 42.7
Black 33.3 36.4 38.7 39.8
Asian 35.3 37.0 40.6 42.9
Hispanic origin 31.3 34.5 36.4 38.0
White non-Hispanic 35.9 39.1 42.4 44.2
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

2 responses to “Workforce Metrics: Attracting Candidates and Aging Labor Pools

  1. Thanks Jan, I appreciate the feedback.

  2. Well written article; excellent U.S. unemployment map and age stats.
    Jan Meek
    ABI

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