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5 U.S. Census Bureau Holiday Figures Confirm Improved Engineering Recruiting in 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at the technical and engineering recruiting firm Strategic Search Corporation.

Five U.S. Census Bureau Figures Confirm Improved Engineering Recruiting

On this special day, I wanted to share five key holiday-related facts and figures from the U.S. Census Bureau that point to continued improvement in engineering employment in 2016. Though the most recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau are from 2014, surveys of other technical recruitment and engineering recruitment agencies by my staff of engineering recruiters and technical recruiters confirm that 2015 employment and business figures are even more robust than in 2014!

First: $24.5 billion

This is the estimated retail sales by the nation’s department stores (including leased departments) in December 2014, which is the last year available. This represents an estimated 41.2 percent jump from the previous month when retail sales were estimated at $17.3 billion. No other estimated month-to-month increase in department store sales last year was as large. Please go to the U.S. Census Bureau Monthly Retail Trade Survey link for more details.

Second: 14.2%

This is the estimated percentage of total 2014 sales for department stores (including leased departments) in December. For jewelry stores, the estimated percentage was 18.2 percent. Please go to the U.S. Census Bureau Monthly Retail Trade link for more details.

Third: 21.7%

This is the estimated growth in inventories by our nation’s department stores (excluding leased departments) from Aug. 31 to Nov. 30, 2014. Please go to the U.S. Census Bureau Monthly Retail Trade Survey link for more details.

Fourth: $48.3 billion

This is the estimated value of retail sales by electronic shopping and mail-order houses in December 2014, which was the highest estimated total for any month last year. Please go to the U.S. Census Bureau Monthly Retail Trade Survey link for more details.

Fifth: 31,112

This is the number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses in business in 2013, which is the latest figure available. These businesses, which employed 383,066 workers in the pay period including March 12, are a popular source of holiday gifts. Please go to the U.S. Census Bureau 2013 County Business Patterns link for more details.

As a result, it is our conclusion that engineering jobs will be even more plentiful in 2016. Technology continues to be an engine to drive our economy. As a result, the search for engineering talent will continue to grow. This can be confirmed by search for key words “job advertisement” AND “engineer” which will net a plethora of engineering job vacancies. These are from both engineering staffing agencies like Adecco as well as client companies directly looking to secure key engineering talent for their R&D (Research & Development), quality assurance, process, science, architecture, IT (Information Technology), development, health care, manufacturing, construction, operations, mechanical and electrical projects.

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