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Jonathan Aberman: We won Amazon. But there’s still work to do.

Now that Amazon has made its decision, there’s a real temptation to relax, to pat ourselves on the back and assure ourselves that the hard work is over and the region’s economic growth is assured. Nothing could be further from the truth.

To better understand why Amazon decided to locate an HQ2 office in our region, I reached out to Guy Berger, chief economist at LinkedIn. LinkedIn’s data on employment trends is very useful to anyone interested in economic development. It regularly analyzes how its 150 million members change jobs and fill jobs; it also measures their professional progression. This data has shown me, for example, the magnitude of the technology talent outflow from our region to Northern California and the extent to which our region’s job growth lags behind comparable places.

Berger told me that LinkedIn’s data identifies Seattle’s workforce as having strong comparative advantages in skills related to technology (software development, software testing and development…

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