For the second consecutive year, the Golden State Warriors are deep into a faceoff with the Cleveland Cavaliers that will determine which team wins the NBA championship.
While many fans are comparing each team’s top players (LeBron James and Stephen Curry together have won three of the past four championships and six of the past eight MVP awards), how do the teams’ cities themselves stack up?
Many Oaklanders might be happy to hear that a 2015 Gallup index that ranks 190 metro areas by their “well-being” score had Oakland at number 30, compared with Cleveland’s No. 170 spot. But job research site Indeed.com has broken down some of the differences and similarities between the cities’ business scenes.
POPULATION: The Cleveland metro area’s population is half the size of Oakland’s, with 2 million in Cleveland versus Oakland’s 4.7 million. That gap could also be increasing. Cleveland’s population shrank 0.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, while Oakland’s grew by 1.3 percent.
INDUSTRY: Different industries drive each city. In Oakland, trade, transportation and utilities are the top employment sectors, while Cleveland’s biggest employers are health and education services.
IN-DEMAND JOBS: The highest share of job postings for both cities are for registered nurses and truck drivers. After that, however, they differ. Oakland is seeking customer service reps, child care workers and executive secretaries and assistants, while Cleveland has a need for software quality assurance engineers and sales managers.
EMPLOYMENT: Oakland is faring slightly better than Cleveland when it comes to employment numbers. Both places are under the national average of 5 percent unemployment, but Oakland has a 4.2 percent unemployment rate, compared with Cleveland’s 4.8 percent.
It doesn’t look like there is any competition when it comes to talent, however. Only .05 percent of Oakland job seekers are looking for work in Cleveland, while only .02 percent of those in Cleveland are searching jobs in Oakland.
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