Monday, May 24, 2010

The Occupations of Pittsburgh

Some good stuff looking at the labor force of Pittsburgh in this analytical piece in the Sunday PG: Where the Jobs are and Aren't.   Occupational analysis, especially over time is fraught with definitional problems... but the scale of occupation change in the local workforce is pretty immense.  What occupation was really decimated here in the region in recent decades?  Some production occupation related to steel?  I think the occupation that declined the most (other than lead typesetter of course) is telephone operator.  We had one of the major Bell TelephoneATT international phone center which still needed operators long after the rotary dial first decimated the occupation.  All gone for the most part.

If you want here is an excel file with a complete list of employment by occupation in the Pittsburgh region indexed to national employment and wage levels.  All sorts of fascinating local factoids buried in there.  Ever wonder how many attorneys there are in town? But overall it is all a lot of data to absorb.  More visually and interactively you can check out my treemap of employment across all occupations in the Pittsburgh Region.

And something that may be a few years out of date, but it still is the best data we have on this and I will all but guarantee that qualitatively very little has changed.  Details of employment by occupation in the county and region broken down by both race and gender I have here:  EEO Occupations Patterns for Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh Region.  Honestly, that is far more important than the aggregate numbers on how we work.


Blogger InsideAgitator said...

I found the employment by occupation link worth a gander if only to chuckle at the number of legislators. Good little reality check there folks

Monday, May 24, 2010 6:13:00 PM  
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