Unemployment and job growth continue to capture attention as the U.S. economy rebounds from the Great Recession. This week, the final, revised numbers on state and city job growth for the year 2013 as a whole are out. Lee McPheters, research professor in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, provides rankings and analysis of the winners and losers, based on the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Top 10+ cities and surrounding metro areas (1 million or more workers) for non-agricultural job growth, comparing 2013 to 2012:
1. Riverside, Calif. – up 4 percent
2. San Francisco – up 3.9 percent
3. Denver – up 3.6 percent
4. Houston – up 3.5 percent
5. Orlando, Fla. – up 3.2 percent
6. Seattle – up 2.8 percent
7. Phoenix – up 2.7 percent
8. Dallas – up 2.6 percent (four-way tie)
Los Angeles – up 2.6 percent
Miami – up 2.6 percent
San Diego – up 2.6 percent
Top 10 states for non-agricultural job growth, comparing 2013 to 2012:
1. North Dakota – up 3.6 percent
2. Utah – up 3.2 percent
3. California – up 3 percent
4. Colorado – up 2.9 percent (tie)
Texas – up 2.9 percent
6. Nevada – up 2.7 percent
7. Idaho – up 2.6 percent
8. Florida – up 2.5 percent
9. Washington – up 2.2 percent
10. Arizona – up 2.1 percent
Overall, the job-growth rate for the United States in 2013 was an increase of 1.7 percent, the same pace we saw in 2012. The number of jobs added nationwide last year was 2.26 million.
On the state list, North Dakota continues to dominate, having ranked No. 1 for multiple years in a row, largely thanks to its oil and gas production.
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