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.

Q1 2019 RESULTS

NATIONWIDE RESULTS

OPTIMISM ABOUT QUANTITY OF JOBS

Respondents who feel the quantity of local jobs is increasing or staying the same.
  • 88% of local jobs seekers are optimistic about the quantity of available jobs.
  • Sentiment is down 1% from last quarter.
  • Sentiment is unchanged from the same time last year.
Q1 2019
88

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 unchanged from last quarter.
  • Sentiment is unchanged from the same time last year.
Q1 2019
92

OPTIMISM ABOUT QUALITY OF WAGES

Respondents who feel local wages are higher than or equal to those in surrounding areas.
  • 77% of local jobs seekers are optimistic about the quality of available wages.
  • Sentiment is up 1% from last quarter.
  • Sentiment is down 1% from the same time last year.
Q1 2019
77

WILLINGNESS TO COMMUTE 30+ MINUTES

Respondents who are willing to commute 30 minutes or more to and from work each day.
  • 37% of local jobs seekers are willing to make a lengthy commute.
  • Willingness to commute is up 9% from last quarter.
  • Willingness to commute is down 6% from the same time last year.
Q1 2019
37

IMPORTANCE OF JOB CHARACTERISTICS

We ask job seekers to rate the importance of seven job characteristics they consider when applying for a job. Respondents are asked to rank the items in order of importance, and we weight each response on a scale of seven. The chart below depicts the weighted importance of each factor to local job seekers.
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Total responses collected nationally over the past year equals 63,237.

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