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Which Industries And Cities Are Driving Job Growth? An Interactive Map

These top 10 metros are driving increased employment.

So what if geography isn’t your strong suit? You may not be able to pinpoint Monte Carlo or Papa New Guinea on a map, but now with a click of a finger you can unlock data on job growth and labor trends in some of the most populous metros in the U.S.

Whether you’re looking to crunch and present numbers to your C-suite or just looking for tidbits that would make great dinner party conversation starters, be sure to check out this comprehensive, interactive map by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI). It pulls data from EMSI’s labor market database of more than 90 national and state employment resources.

Digging into the Map

Hovering over a particular U.S. metro on the map can provide an instant snapshot of that metro’s workforce, its percentage job growth increase from 2010 and the average earnings per job.

job growth map

For example, if you select the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville region in Illinois, you’ll notice the number of jobs are in excess of 4.6 million; there has been a 4 percent growth rate since 2010; and the average earnings per job in the area is nearly $65,000.

If you wanted to drill down more specifically into a particular industry to see where it’s thriving, clicking on the industry menu will pull up a list of U.S. metros in which the industry is a key economic driver.

Let’s take legal services, which falls under the umbrella of “professional, scientific and technical services,” for example. We can see that the geographic location with the greatest number of such jobs is in the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area, where there are nearly 150,000 legal services jobs with an average earning of about $121,000.

Top 10 Metros for Job Growth

According to a different study targeting the same 100 metros, also by CareerBuilder and EMSI, here are the top 10 metros that have added the most jobs per capita since 2010. (Drumroll, please…)

  1. Salt Lake City, UT. Industries such as electronic shopping and mail order houses have helped with the 62,000-plus jobs added since 2010. That’s a 9 percent increase.
  2. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI. Manufacturing — especially in segments such as plastics product and motor vehicle parts — continue to play a role in adding the 39,000-plus jobs here since 2010, a 10 percent increase.
  3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA. Software publishing and computer systems design have helped contribute to the 91,000-plus jobs since 2010, which is a 10 percent increase. Surprise, surprise!
  4. Austin-Round Rock- San Marcos, TX. More than 90,000 jobs have been added since 2010, up 11 percent, with areas of job growth particularly evident in the technology and business arenas.
  5. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX. This metro invests its “energy” (pun intended) in creating jobs in areas such as utility system construction and mining support. These have helped contribute to the 281,000-plus jobs since 2010, a 10 percent jump.
  6. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN. Aside from the predictable job growth in the music industry, which experienced a 25 percent increase in jobs, there was a rise in employment in other industries such as motor vehicle manufacturing and accounting services as well. Overall, this metro added more than 71,000 jobs since 2010, a 9 percent increase.
  7. Provo-Orem, UT. The tech sector — in particular software publishing and computer systems design — is driving employment growth in this metro. Since 2010 it has added 24,000-plus jobs, a 12 percent increase.
  8. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX. This metro experienced job growth in areas ranging from computer systems design to oil and gas extraction to office administration. It added more than 267,000 jobs since 2010, a 9 percent increase.
  9. Bakersfield-Delano, CA. Agriculture-related industries in particular have helped contribute to the 33,000-plus jobs in this metro, an 11 percent increase since 2010.
  10. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC. Spectator sports as well as tech-related industries have helped add the more than 70,000 jobs here since 2010, an 8 percent increase.

Hot Jobs, Which Cities?

We challenge you to take this quiz to see if you can guess where in the U.S. some of these key industries are thriving. So grab a pen and notepad, and no cheating, please!

  • Where are jobs for manufacturing of motor vehicle parts beginning to emerge?
  • Which areas are becoming drivers of job growth in the oil and gas extraction space?
  • Where is general freight trucking booming?
  • What about software publishing? (Hint: It’s not just in Silicon Valley anymore.)
  • Think of a few cities where general medical and surgical hospitals jobs are on the upswing.
  • These cities are driving jobs in highway, street and bridge construction as some work to rebuild following natural disasters.

Check your answers against this list.

Tell us: Did you consider any of these findings to be particularly surprising? How can you use this data in your job?

Deanna Hartley

About Deanna Hartley

Deanna Hartley is a senior copywriter and community manager on the creative services team at CareerBuilder, where she writes about issues that are top of mind for employers and recruiters – including talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention. An avid social media user, Deanna is the face behind @CBforEmployers on Twitter as well as CBforEmployers’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so it’s easy to stay connected with her. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Deanna was a senior editor for the Human Capital Media Group, publishers of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. Deanna holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She loves caffeine, social media, pop culture and dogs – though not necessarily in that order.

This interactive map doesn't work.  What a piece of crap.

cbforemployers moderator

@Anan101 Can you let us know what isn't working for you? Everything seems functional on our side. 


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