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THE ANATOMY OF THE CENTRAL TEXAS JOB SEEKER

have shorter duration than the supplied mean and at least 80% have shorter unemployment than the
supplied average. A bright spot for our area.

According to StatisticsBrain.com (statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/) 4.1% of US population receive
welfare much lower than our survey indicated 13.4%. However, the question was poorly framed and should
have included definitions of what qualifies as welfare to make it valid.

Around 90 % of job seekers would work within a 60 mile radius which would include Austin and Waco. A mild
surprise was the low percentage that would look for jobs nationally and internationally. This is in contrast to
our recent past when job seekers were looking for employment in the Middle East.

Job Seeker Career Awareness

While respondents exhibited considerable awareness of the importance of career progression and career
goals, many find it hard to adhere to the concept. 69% had career goals, but 73% made their current
employment decision based on the immediate need of a job. Another paradox shows 54% believe they
know to successfully navigate their career advancement.

Factors that may be contributing to this is a lack of awareness of what career paths are available, what is
required in those career paths, if applicable positions are available in our geographic area, etc. Over several
decades numerous professional attempts have been made at defining career progression, paths and
guidance. However, these were usually abandoned when the grant money ran out and there was no
continuity in these projects.

Another factor may be the result of the Job Seeker Ping-Pong theory which surmises that necessities,
whether they be financial or other personal implications, often get in the way and jobs are chosen without
the careful considerations career progression requires, often causing the individuals to bounce from job to
job (hence the ping-pong) without allowing a vertical progression..

Resources most often used in career research is the Internet (62%) and workforce centers (28%). Here
further information should be gathered as to what resources on the Internet are used. There are sites
ranging from professional such as WorkInTexas.com, careers.org and bls.gov/ooh/ to name a few to blogs
submitted by individuals with no formal training.

Employment History

The longest ”length of employment with one company” stat shows that about 60% of respondents have been
employed with one company for 5+ years (36% five to ten and 27% over 10). This is indicative of our area’s
larger percentage of “older workers” referred to in the Demographics section. A contributing factor may be
our area’s high population of military retirees.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the median number of years that wage and salary workers
had been with their current employer was 4.6 years in January 2014, unchanged from January 2012. For
women, median tenure in January 2014 was 4.5 years, about unchanged from January 2012.

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