Economists vs. the Rest of the Labor Market

March 8, 2010 by Emsi Burning Glass

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Curious if the number of economists have grown or declined with the economy being such a focal point? Brian Kelsey at Civic Analytics was too, and he used EMSI data to investigate.

The following graph is from his blog — his analysis showed that more than 100 economists were hired in 2009.

If you’re even more curious, here are the top industries that staff economists. This chart also comes from EMSI’s labor market tool. There were 112 net new economist jobs in 2009, but everyone of the top industries — except for the federal government — shed a small percentage.