LinkedIn Workforce Report | Philadelphia | November 2018

Over 150 million workers in the U.S. have LinkedIn profiles; over 20,000 companies in the U.S. use LinkedIn to recruit; over 3 million jobs are posted on LinkedIn in the U.S. every month; and members can add over 50,000 skills to their profiles to showcase their professional brands. That gives us unique and valuable insight into U.S. workforce trends.

 This LinkedIn Workforce Report is a monthly report on employment trends in the U.S. workforce. It’s divided into two sections: a National section that provides insights into hiring, skills gaps, and migration trends across the country, and a City section that provides insights into localized employment trends in 20 of the largest U.S. metro areas: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago,Cleveland-Akron, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles,Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New York City,Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, St. Louis, andWashington, D.C.

Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Whether you’re a worker, an employer, a new grad, or a policymaker, we hope you’ll use these insights to better understand and navigate the dynamics of today’s economy.


Hiring was 2.8% higher in October 2018 than in October 2017. Seasonally-adjusted hiring (which removes predictable seasonal hiring variations) was 1% higher in October than September. If you’re interested in exploring new opportunities in Philadelphia, check out LinkedIn Jobs to see what’s out there!

Hiring in Philadelphia - November 2018
Seasonally-Adjusted Hiring in Philadelphia - November 2018

Skills Gap

A skills gap is a mismatch between the skills employers need (demand) and the skills workers have (supply). Within a city, a skill is in shortage when employer demand exceeds worker supply of that skill. And a skill is in surplus when worker supply exceeds employer demand. A city with a shortage of a particular skill needs more people with that skill, and a city with surplus skills has more people than jobs available for those particular skills. We measure Philadelphia’s skills gaps in terms of absolute headcounts based on the skills of local LinkedIn members.

(Note: as of August 2018, we’ve updated our methodology to measure absolute skills gaps, rather than relative skills gaps as we’d shared in previous reports. Learn more about our new methodology here.)

Here are the top ten skills in surplus in Philadelphia.

Most Abundant Skills in Philadelphia - November 2018

And here are the top ten skills in shortage in Philadelphia.

Most Scarce Skills in Philadelphia - November 2018

If you live in Philadelphia and want to learn these in-demand skills, check out the LinkedIn Learning courses below.


Philadelphia gained the most workers in the last 12 months from State College, PA; Allentown, PA; and Wichita, KS. So for every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Philadelphia, 1.64 workers moved to the city in the last year from State College, PA.

Migration Gains in Philadelphia - November 2018

San Francisco Bay Area, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and Denver, CO gained the most workers from Philadelphia in the last 12 months. So for every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Philadelphia, 2.75 workers moved to San Francisco Bay Area, CA in the last year.

Migration Losses in Philadelphia - November 2018

Philadelphia has the most gross migration (gains + losses) with New York City, NY. So for every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Philadelphia, 81.02 workers either moved to or from New York City, NY in the last year.

Migration Net in Philadelphia - November 2018