Philadelphia beats New York and San Francisco in attracting talented workers

Philadelphia ranked third in the nation for attracting talented workers, according to a recent JLL Research analysis.

The report was based off of census bureau data that measured the population growth of adults 25 and over with bachelor’s degrees between 2012 and 2016.

Philadelphia beat out powerhouse cities such as New York, San Francisco and Boston that have historically attracted large amounts of young talent.

“What we see here is there’s more optimism about getting a job, and the more optimism about getting a job in Philadelphia there is, the more excitement there is about staying,” said Campus Philly President Deborah Diamond in a Philadelphia Business Journal article.

Philadelphia’s talented workers grew 19.7 percent between 2012 and 2016. Denver, who got the top spot, grew 22.5, and Washington, D.C. got second at 19.9. Boston grew 19.1, Phoenix 15.2, San Francisco 12.9, and New York 12.0.

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia recently engaged in an 18-month data gathering process to better understand the personal, professional, and civic motivators of mid-career professionals. The result was a report, 10 Ways to Retain Young Talent, which highlights 10 employment attributes that mid-career professionals consider when deciding to leave or remain with an employer. The top attributes include access to leaders, career pathways, CSR, creative benefits, flexibility, leadership development, lifelong learning, location, mentorship, and peer-to-peer relationships.