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World Series of Hiring: San Francisco vs. Detroit

Is hiring demand a good prognosticator of who will win the World Series? For all you baseball fans out there, here is some interesting hiring data and comparison between San Francisco and Detroit just in time for the start of the World Series.

Wanted Analytics brings us the raw data:


In honor of World Series Game 1 taking place tonight, we matched hiring demand of the competing cities, Detroit vs. San Francisco. San Francisco, “the city by the bay”, wins in monthly job ad volume and in hiring growth. In September, Detroit, “the motor city”, saw over 70,000 job ads posted online while San Francisco had more than 118,000. The volume of job ads grew 22% year-over-year in San Francisco. During the same time period, Detroit saw growth at a slower lower rate of 15%.


Let’s take a look at how their most in-demand jobs compare from September.


Most In-Demand Occupations in Detroit Most In-Demand Occupations in San Francisco
  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Industrial Engineers
  3. Retail Salespersons
  4. Mechanical Engineers
  5. Computer Systems Analysts
  6. First-Line Supervisors/Managers or Retail Sales Workers
  7. Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor Trailer
  8. Customer Service Representatives
  9. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  10. Web Developers
  1. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  2. Marketing Managers
  3. Web Developers
  4. Computer Systems Analysts
  5. Retail Salespersons
  6. Registered Nurses
  7. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers
  8. Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  9. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  10. Sales Managers


60% of the occupations above in both cities are the same, except that they appear in different order. Not surprisingly, as a part of the “Silicon Valley”, San Francisco has more IT related jobs ranked in higher spots. IT related positions also appear on the Detroit list, but aren’t as in-demand as in San Francisco. Nurses and Engineer positions were most in-demand during September in Detroit.


Industries with Most Job Ads in Detroit

  1. Commercial Banking
  2. Engineering Services
  3. General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  4. All Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
  5. Offices of Certified Public Accountants
  6. Computer Systems Design Services
  7. Discount Department Stores
  8. Elementary and Secondary Schools
  9. Custom Computer Programming Services
  10. Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
Industries with Most Job Ads in San Francisco

  1. Custom Computer Programming Services
  2. Wired Telecommunications Carriers
  3. Computer Systems Design Services
  4. Commercial Banking
  5. General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  6. Software Publishers
  7. Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing
  8. All Other Support Services
  9. Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools
  10. Engineering Services


While 60% of the job titles matched in both cities, just 20% of the industries were the same. Only Commercial Banking and General Medical and Surgical Hospitals appeared in both lists. Otherwise, both cities seem to live up to their reputations. Tech related industries appear more often on San Francisco’s list, while Detroit shows more automotive related industries appearing in a few spots. We were surprised, however, that Commercial Banking took the lead in Detroit. Is this an area that can create more job growth in the motor city?

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