Report outlines best and worst metro areas for jobs

January 25, 2011
By recently shared data based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics year-over-year employment figures for the country’s 372 metropolitan areas. This information is great for anyone who’s curious about the economic health of their city, but also for job-seekers who may be considering a move to a more happening city.

The following meto areas experienced job growth:

  • Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
  • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy
  • Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington

Based on percentage of growth, these cities were leaders:

  • Ocean City, N.J.
  • Manhattan, Kansas
  • Kennewick-Pasco-Richland in Washington
  • St. Joseph, Missouri-Kansas

On the flip side, these metro areas lost the most non-farm payroll jobs:

  • Chicago-Joliet-Naperville
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
  • Detroit-Warren-Livonia
  • Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
  • Las Vegas-Paradise

Based on percentages, these metros saw the greatest losses, according to the figures:

  • Yuba City, California
  • Great Falls, Montana
  • Holland-Grand Haven, Michigan

So what does all of this mean if you’re a job-seeker? It means don’t make any hasty decisions, and don’t pack up all of your belongings and move to Dallas over Chicago because employment growth is better. “Simply knowing what’s happening your local job market can help your job search because you know what you’re up against.”

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