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Top Metro Areas for Hiring Right Now

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Job seekers looking to increase their chances of finding work should consider heading to Utah or Texas:

New research from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. revealed that five cities in Utah and Texas are among the top 10 metro areas that have added the most jobs per capita over the last three years.

Topping the list is Salt Lake City, which added more than 62,000 jobs since 2010. Originally a farming community, the study found that Salt Lake City has grown into an industrial center for the state, having experienced the highest job growth in electronic shopping and mail order houses, software publishing, specialized freight trucking and credit intermediation.

Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, said that since 2010, more than 40 large metros have eclipsed the national 4 percent job-growth rate.

"These are metros with a strong concentration of computer systems design, software publishing and data processing and hosting firms," Ferguson said. "These are metros benefiting from the resurgence in U.S. manufacturing, and the nation's need to find new energy sources and expand health care services."

Other metro areas in the top 10 include the following:

  • Grand Rapids/Wyoming, Mich.: Added more than 39,000 jobs. This manufacturing heavyweight has benefited from the rebound of production jobs after the recession. This area saw job increases in various manufacturing segments, such as plastics product, motor-vehicle parts, metalworking machinery and office furniture. Hospitals also accounted for an upswing in jobs.
  • San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif.: Added more than 91,000 jobs. Software publishing, computer systems design, data processing and hosting, computer manufacturing and scientific research are big contributors to employment for this Silicon Valley metro.
  • Austin/Round Rock/San Marcos, Texas: Added more than 90,000 jobs. Austin has made a name for itself as a technology and business hub, fueling job growth in management, scientific and consulting services; computer systems design; data processing; and hosting and semiconductor manufacturing.
  • Houston/Sugar Land/Baytown, Texas: Added more than 281,000 jobs. Energy-rich Houston continues to see job growth in utility system construction, mining support, metal and mineral (except petroleum) wholesalers, oil and gas extraction, and architectural and engineering services.
  • Nashville/Davidson/Murfreesboro/Franklin, Tenn.: Added more than 71,000 jobs. A popular music center, Nashville saw a 25 percent increase in jobs for independent artists, writers and performers. The metro area also saw notable jumps in jobs for motor-vehicle manufacturing, accounting services, general freight trucking and specialty hospitals.
  • Provo/Orem, Utah: Added more than 24,000 jobs.The midsize Utah metro is home to a number of fast-growing tech industries: software publishing, computer systems design and semiconductor manufacturing.
  • Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington, Texas: Added more than 267,000 jobs.Part of the Silicon Prairie, Dallas saw a boost in jobs in computer systems design and communications equipment manufacturing. Other key growth areas include oil and gas extraction, office administration and credit intermediation.
  • Bakersfield/Delano, Calif.: Added 33,000 jobs. Growth in this metro has been fueled by such agriculture-related industries as crop production and dairy product manufacturing.
  • Charlotte/Gastonia, N.C./Rock Hill, S.C.: Added more than 70,000 jobs.In addition to spectator sports, this metro experienced growth in such tech-related industries as telecommunications, management, scientific and consulting services, scheduled air transportation, and data processing and hosting.

Among the worst-performing job markets are Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Albuquerque, N.M., both of which have roughly the same number of workers today as they did in 2010. Ten other metros — including Providence, R.I.; Dayton, Ohio; and Syracuse, N.Y. — have only grown 1 percent.

The complete ranking of each metro area is available online on the CareerBuilder and EMSI interactive map.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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