Business Resource Center

Applicant Sentiment Index™


About the Index

Because the staffing sector often feels the effects of economic shifts before any other sector, Elwood actively monitors the pulse of its applicants to detect changes and predict and prepare for market shifts. As part of our standard application process, we ask every applicant to answer a set of questions anonymously so we can measure favorable or unfavorable sentiment towards parts of the job seeker's local employment landscape. 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 changes.

Q3 2019 RESULTS

NATIONWIDE RESULTS

OPTIMISM ABOUT QUANTITY OF JOBS

Respondents who feel the quantity of local jobs is increasing or staying the same.
  • 89% of local jobs seekers are optimistic about the quantity of available jobs.
  • Sentiment is unchanged from last quarter.
  • Sentiment is unchanged from the same time last year.
Q3 2019
89

OPTIMISM ABOUT QUALITY OF JOBS

Respondents who feel the quality of local jobs is increasing or staying the same.
  • 92% of local jobs seekers are optimistic about the quality of available jobs.
  • Sentiment is up 1% from last quarter.
  • Sentiment is unchanged from the same time last year.
Q3 2019
92

OPTIMISM ABOUT QUALITY OF WAGES

Respondents who feel local wages are higher than or equal to those in surrounding areas.
  • 76% of local jobs seekers are optimistic about the quality of available wages.
  • Sentiment is unchanged from last quarter.
  • Sentiment is unchanged from the same time last year.
Q3 2019
76

WILLINGNESS TO COMMUTE 30+ MINUTES

Respondents who are willing to commute 30 minutes or more to and from work each day.
  • 36% of local jobs seekers are willing to make a lengthy commute.
  • Willingness to commute is up 1% from last quarter.
  • Willingness to commute is down 4% from the same time last year.
Q3 2019
36

HIGHLY DESIRED ATTRIBUTES OF ASPIRATIONAL EMPLOYERS

We ask job seekers to identify their aspirational employer and to list the top three reasons why they want to work for that employer. The data help us fully understand what makes an employer—not a job—attractive to today’s job seekers because long-term satisfaction is based on more than the attributes of a single job. This chart depicts the percent of job seekers who selected each attribute. Respondents were required to select three attributes.
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Total responses collected nationally over the past year equal 58,397.

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