July 2018: Candidate Blueprint Index

Expectations were high for July to be a very active month on the StaffDNA job boards after a sharp jump in application volume in June, and travelers did not disappoint.

The volume of applications increased by almost 20 percent, making it the second month in a row with a significant increase in job board activity.

This positive trend can be linked to several factors:

Travel Healthcare Jobs August 2018

We don’t expect to see another dramatic jump in job board activity for August, but we do expect hospitals will already start recruiting for winter travelers late in the month.

“[Pediatrics], ICU, step down, [telemetry]—you’ll see hospitals start to book in September,” a LiquidAgents Healthcare source told HCT Today. “Hospitals that are budgeting and planning early are already putting out January needs.”

State ranks are starting to shake up

June saw almost no major movement among the ranks of states where travelers applied to the most, but July showed hints of the upcoming seasonal shift, with more Southern states holding or moving up the list.

Since August is a transitional month for the traveler job market, we expect to see much more dramatic shifting trends in where travelers apply for jobs. September may prove to be even more volatile, as travelers who got contract extensions through August will start actively seeking jobs.

Arizona and Tennessee enter the Top 10

After a month out of the big leagues, Arizona jumped 10 ranks back up to the No. 6 spot of the top 10 most applied-to states. Tennessee also re-entered the top ranks at No. 7.

Tennessee seems to be a fairly popular state year-round, but as we’ve seen Arizona is much more prone to seasonal changes. We may see it hop around the ranks in August and September, but we expect it and New Mexico to be very popular with travelers in the winter months.

Massachusetts makes the biggest jump, Illinois falls the farthest

Illinois dropped 14 ranks, from the edge of the top 10 at No. 11 to middle of the pack at No. 25. Meanwhile, Massachusetts regained most of the ground it lost in June, moving up 12 ranks from No. 41 to No. 29.

The drop for Illinois is expected—the northern state enjoys more popularity in the spring, but travelers may be looking to get out before the winter season hits. The state experiences five severe winter storms on average between November and April, according to information from the state’s climatologist office.

Massachusetts frequently hangs around the middle of the pack for total applications, so we expect it to mostly maintain its rank during the coming months.

July’s Top Markets
  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Texas
  4. North Carolina
  5. Georgia
  6. Arizona
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Tennessee
  9. Michigan
  10. Virginia
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Arkansas
  13. South Carolina
  14. Kentucky
  15. Missouri
  16. Nevada
  17. Iowa
  18. Indiana
  19. Maine
  20. Oklahoma
  21. West Virginia
  22. New Mexico
  23. Oregon
  24. Indiana
  25. Illinois
  26. Colorado
  27. Ohio
  28. Hawaii
  29. Massachusetts
  30. Alabama
  31. Washington
  32. New York
  33. Minnesota
  34. Maryland
  35. Louisiana
  36. Montana
  37. New Jersey
  38. Kansas
  39. Mississippi
  40. Alaska
  41. Wyoming
  42. Nebraska
  43. Utah
  44. Connecticut
  45. District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)
  46. South Dakota
  47. Vermont
  48. North Dakota
  49. New Hampshire
  50. Rhode Island
  51. Delaware

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