November 3, 2021 by Drew Repp
Emsi Burning Glass releases annual report on trends in talent attraction and how to develop strategies to improve.
(Moscow, Idaho) – Emsi Burning Glass released its sixth annual Talent Attraction Scorecard, which ranks US counties on how well they’re doing at developing their talent pool, and outlines strategies on how to succeed in this tight labor market. Four counties in the top five were there last year: Maricopa, AZ; Clark, NV; Collin, TX; and Williamson, TX. But Montgomery County, TN, sitting about an hour northwest of Nashville, saw an impressive rise from No. 115 to the No. 6 spot due to growth in education attainment, population, and jobs.
The search for talent has moved from finding the candidate with the right skills to simply finding any candidate now that job openings have soared over 10 million. This issue is highlighted by the fact that we have only 85 unemployed people for every 100 job openings. This scorecard not only shows where the talent is growing, but also outlines how these counties were successful and how others can replicate their efforts.
Launched six years ago, the Talent Attraction Scorecard ranks counties based on:
To provide an additional view and context, this year’s report also looks at professional migration data of select major metros to see where people moved to in 2020. Three themes emerged:
But more important than where a community ranks, is how a community can improve and build upon its efforts. The strategies section dives into the six different phases of talent attraction and development that a community can use to climb in the rankings.
This year’s scorecard demonstrates that a talent development strategy is first and foremost a people strategy. Earlier this year our Demographic Drought report highlighted that with persistently low birth rates, baby boomers retiring, and the male labor force participation rate continuing to fall, finding people to perform the tasks businesses require will only become harder.
Download the Scorecard and check your region’s ranking here.
About Emsi Burning Glass
Emsi Burning Glass is the world’s leading authority on job skills, workforce talent, and labor market dynamics, providing expertise that empowers businesses, education providers, and governments to find the skills and talent they need and enables workers to unlock new career opportunities.