Job-Related Relocations Declining

(p. A1) Fewer U.S. workers are moving around the country to seek new job opportunities, as changing family ties and more openings near home make people less willing to uproot their lives for work.

About 3.5 million people relocated for a new job last year, according to U.S. census data, a 10% drop from 3.8 million in 2015. The numbers have fluctuated between 2.8 million and 4.5 million since the government started tracking annual job-related relocations in 1999—but have been trending lower overall, even as the U.S. population grew by nearly 20% over that stretch.

Experts cite a number of factors that in some periods have kept people in one place, including a depressed value for their home or limited job openings. In the current strong economy, real-estate values have rebounded, but that has made housing costs prohibitively high in some regions where jobs are abundant, such as major East and West Coast cities.

For the full story, see:

Rachel Feintzeig and Lauren Weber. “Fewer Workers Move for New Jobs.” The Wall Street Journal (Monday, August 20, 2018): A1-A2.

(Note: the online version of the story did not give a date, and has the title “Fewer Americans Uproot Themselves for a New Job.”)

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