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Applicant Sentiment Index™

Because the staffing sector often feels change before any other sector, Elwood actively monitors the pulse of its applicants to detect changes and predict and prepare for market shifts.


The ASI is Elwood Staffing's only publicly shared index. As part of our standard application process, we ask every applicant to answer a set of five questions anonymously so we can measure favorable or unfavorable sentiment towards three parts of the job seeker's local employment landscape: quality and quantity of jobs, quality of wages, and willingness to commute. The sheer number of responses and the stability of the questions over time allow us to track shifts in workers’ mindsets to predict and prepare for market shifts.

Q3 2018 RESULTS

NATIONWIDE RESULTS

OPTIMISM ABOUT QUANTITY OF JOBS

We measure optimism by the number of respondents who say they feel the quantity of local jobs is increasing or staying the same. Across the nation, 89% of job seekers report optimism towards the number of jobs available in their local markets, which represents virtually no change from the same time last year.
Q3 2018
89

OPTIMISM ABOUT QUALITY OF JOBS

We measure optimism by the number of respondents who say they feel the quality of local jobs is increasing or staying the same. Across the nation, 92% of job seekers report optimism towards the quality of jobs available in their local markets, which represents virtually no change from the same time last year.
Q3 2018
92

OPTIMISM ABOUT QUALITY OF WAGES

We measure optimism by the number of respondents who say they feel their local wages are higher than or equal to those in surrounding areas. Across the nation, 76% of job seekers report optimism about the quality of wages available in their local markets, which represents 1% decline from the same time last year.
Q3 2018
76

WILLINGNESS TO COMMUTE 30+ MINUTES

We measure willingness to commute by asking respondents to report the length of time they are willing to commute one way to and from work. Across the nation, 37% of job seekers are willing to commute more than 30 minutes before and after work, which represents 9% decline from the same time last year. Consider this data when allocating your recruiting expenditures.
Q3 2018
37

IMPORTANCE OF JOB CHARACTERISTICS

We ask job seekers to rate the importance of seven job characteristics they consider when applying for a job. The chart to the right depicts the order of importance of these seven factors to American job seekers. Items are ranked from most important (weighted as 7) to least important (weighted as 1).
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METHODOLOGY: Total responses collected nationally over the past year equals 80,404.

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