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Top 10 Locations with the Most Job Growth Post-Recession

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:

  1. San Jose, CA (includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara) – 63,290 jobs added since 2010, signifying 7 percent growth
  2. Houston, TX (includes Sugar Land and Baytown) – 165,969 jobs added, up 6 percent
  3. Austin, TX (includes Round Rock and San Marcos) – 49,131 jobs added, up 6 percent
  4. Detroit, MI (includes Warren and Livonia) – 92,407 jobs added, up 5 percent
  5. Salt Lake City, UT – 34,137 jobs added, up 5 percent
  6. Oklahoma City, OK – 28,992 jobs added, up 5 percent
  7. Raleigh, NC (includes Cary)– 24,725 jobs added, up 5 percent
  8. Dallas, TX (includes Forth Worth and Arlington) – 128,644 jobs added, up 4 percent
  9. San Francisco, CA (includes Oakland and Fremont) – 84,014 jobs added, up 4 percent
  10. 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.

job growth by city

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Stephanie Gaspary

About Stephanie Gaspary

Stephanie is the managing director of content strategy at CareerBuilder, tasked with creating opportunities to share the CareerBuilder story across job seeker and employer channels. Stephanie, a lifelong learner, holds a Master's in Business Administration and a Master's in Management - both from North Park University and a Bachelor's degree in Art from Bethel University. A Minnesotan at heart, Stephanie has lived in Chicago for nearly 20 years, is the doting mother to two wacky german shorthaired pointer pups, looks forward to her morning run *almost* as much as that first cup of coffee and vows to one day live in the mountains.
Jenny Xie
Jenny Xie

Happy to see that San Francisco is up there! The growth of tech businesses and the regularity with which startups convert interns to new hires is great for the bay area.


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