This region continues to enjoy steady growth, due to NAFTA and its Maquiladora economy.The area has added 3,700 new jobs, representing a 1.45% increase in its overall employment numbers. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Difference from National Average: 2.1X Jobs Added: 44,900 Total Employment: 3,056,000 2017 Growth Rate: 1.49% Houston is the most populous city in Texas and combined with The Woodlands and Sugar Land, it is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U. This area is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters than almost any other region and this is reflected in its job numbers.
The city recently added 9,900 new jobs – a 1.63% increase – bringing its jobs total to 618,300. Lake County-Kenosha County, Illinois-Wisconsin Difference from National Average: 2.4X Jobs Added: 6,800 Total Employment: 415,800 2017 Growth Rate: 1.66% Lake County is located in the northeastern corner of Illinois and across the Wisconsin state line is Kenosha County.
Together, they make up a large commercial and residential area on the western shore of Lake Michigan.
The region has also added more new jobs to its economy – 8,100 additional jobs which represents a 1.32% increase in its employment numbers. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Difference from National Average: 1.9X Jobs Added: 8,500 Total Employment: 636,600 2017 Growth Rate: 1.35% Oklahoma City is the state capital and largest city in Oklahoma.
Though oil and natural gas companies are the most prominent local businesses, Oklahoma City is also home to one of the world’s largest livestock markets.
In 2017, Richmond added 10,000 new jobs to its economy – an increase of 1.5% – bringing its total number of jobs to 677,100. Kansas City, Missouri Difference from National Average: 2.3X Jobs Added: 9,900 Total Employment: 618,300 2017 Growth Rate: 1.63% Kansas City is the largest city in Missouri and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Midwest.
Famous for its steaks, ribs and jazz music, Kansas City’s largest employer is the federal government, with more than 146 agencies located there.
While employment has clearly been growing nationally, researchers at Consumers wanted to see which cities are leading the pack.
To find out where the most exciting job growth occurred, they dove into the most recent BLS Metro Area Employment Report and calculated seasonally adjusted growth rates for every major metro area.
Its job base grew by 1.25%, adding 5,100 new jobs, bringing its overall total to 412,700. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Oregon-Washington Difference from National Average: 1.8X Jobs Added: 14,600 Total Employment: 1,171,600 2017 Growth Rate: 1.26% This tri-city area on the Oregon and Washington border is known as the Greater Portland Metro area and is renowned for its environmentally conscious reputation and vast network of public transportation.
Nicknamed the “City of Roses”, this area added 14,600 new jobs – an increase of 1.26% – bringing its overall jobs total to 1,171,600. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, Florida Difference from National Average: 1.9X Jobs Added: 8,100 Total Employment: 622,800 2017 Growth Rate: 1.32% The metropolitan area that includes these three coastal Florida cities has experienced a recent increase in population, no doubt partly attributable to its beautiful beaches and warm winter weather.
This region experienced a 1.76% increase in new jobs, adding 5,300 jobs, bringing its overall total to 305,600. The region also supports a total of 2,006,700 jobs and recently it added an additional 35,000 jobs, an increase of 1.78%. Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Difference from National Average: 2.6X Jobs Added: 6,200 Total Employment: 346,100 2017 Growth Rate: 1.82% The Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan area is located in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania and is home to a diverse group of healthcare, technology and biotechnology businesses.