The job market is killing US mobility. Americans are moving far less than they used to, because new job opportunities don’t make it economically worthwhile.

The job market is killing US mobility. Americans are moving far less than they used to, because new job opportunities don’t make it economically worthwhile.

Because labor market transitions occur much more frequently than long-distance migration and because labor market transitions have been declining even for workers that remain in the same state, it seems unlikely that an increase in the cost of migration would be able to explain the decrease in labor market transitions. Rather, the decline in labor market transitions–particularly transitions across employers– has likely led to the associated decline in long distance migration.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2014/04/why-americans-are-moving-less-new-jobs-arent-worth-it/8973/

 

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