Oh, how the times have changed! If you lived in Pittsburgh during the collapse of the steel industry, you know that the area lost jobs back in the 1980’s as rapidly as a kindergartner loses their lunch money.
Recently, Glassdoor, the online job and recruiting site, named Pittsburgh the number one city on its 25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2018. According to Glassdoor, there are approximately 92,000 jobs in the city just waiting to be occupied. Positions run the gamut from nurse to hair stylist to truck diver to arborist- and everything in between. Glassdoor compiled the list of cities ranking the ones with the highest Glassdoor City Score. This score was derived bu gauging three elements: ease of getting a job, affordable cost of living, and how satisfied employees are with their jobs.
The economy is booming, unemployment has fallen to a 50-year low and there are more jobs available than there are workers to fill them- making the job market the most plentiful it’s been in years and making Pittsburgh a hot place to call home.
Pittsburgh received a 4.7 out of 5 possible points. Boston, which is ranked No. 6 with a score of 4.2, has more than double the job openings compared to Pittsburgh with 211,000 vacant positions, but Boston’s median home prices come in at an astronomical $455,600, making it much more affordable when compared to Pittsburgh, whose median home price is $141, 300.
Pittsburgh turns up quite frequently on these “best of” lists. One common denominator cited by these rankings is our affordable housing. How fortunate we are today that we now have both jobs and affordable homes. Those who struggled during the demise of the steel industry had difficulty retaining either- resulting in a mass exodus from our city.
According to the Census Bureau, the Pittsburgh area is the only U.S. metropolitan area with a million or more people to experience more deaths than births in 2017. After people left in the 1980’s. we never made up for the population loss. Consequently, we also lost the children and grandchildren as Pittsburgh residents- giving us a receding population nearly four decades later.
Perhaps the plentiful jobs in Pittsburgh will help to attract people back to the area and boost our sagging population.