There is a close correlation between the top locations for job growth and the concentration of fast-growing industries in those markets. Technology hiring is a big contributor for growth in the Bay Area and Raleigh, while Texas cities, Oklahoma and Salt Lake are benefiting from strong oil and gas activity. The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top 10 while health care continues to thrive in Phoenix.
The 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), out of the most populous metros, with the most job growth from 2010 to 2012 are:
- San Jose, CA (includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara) – 63,290 jobs added since 2010, signifying 7 percent growth
- Houston, TX (includes Sugar Land and Baytown) – 165,969 jobs added, up 6 percent
- Austin, TX (includes Round Rock and San Marcos) – 49,131 jobs added, up 6 percent
- Detroit, MI (includes Warren and Livonia) – 92,407 jobs added, up 5 percent
- Salt Lake City, UT – 34,137 jobs added, up 5 percent
- Oklahoma City, OK – 28,992 jobs added, up 5 percent
- Raleigh, NC (includes Cary)– 24,725 jobs added, up 5 percent
- Dallas, TX (includes Forth Worth and Arlington) – 128,644 jobs added, up 4 percent
- San Francisco, CA (includes Oakland and Fremont) – 84,014 jobs added, up 4 percent
- Phoenix, AZ (includes Mesa and Glendale) – 81,606 jobs added, up 4 percent
Below is the full list of the top 50 metros based on percentage job growth. Where metros have the same growth rate, the table is further sorted by total job growth.
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