As the world’s biggest job board, Indeed are in the unique position of being able to constantly monitor the ebb and flow of job search to help job seekers and employers find the best match. And with 180 million unique visitors coming to the site each month, some of the world’s biggest events are often reflected in the way people search for jobs.
This year, they rounded up some of the most interesting reactions job seekers had to major happenings around the globe. As you can see below, we found that sporting events distract people from the job search while movies can draw them to it (just ask the British intelligence agency MI6). Here are some highlights:
- In the US, advertising during the Super Bowl boosted job search for a handful of companies.
- When New Zealand took the Rugby World Cup in October, the nation was so riveted that people stopped looking for work altogether.
- We also saw the intersection of politics and celebrity, seeing what we now call the “Trump Effect,” with job search spiking for companies named after the Republican presidential candidate.
Take a look at the full year in job search below: