Job Growth in These Places Is Spiking

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February 26, 2016

The coasts seem to be having all of the fun these days. Cities on the east and wedge edges of the country are always at the top of the list as contenders for hottest housing markets or fastest growing cites. It looks like job growth can be added to this resume, as well.

According to MarketWatch and the cost-estimating website HowMuch.net, California added more jobs than anywhere else in 2015 with 464,000 positions created. Other areas doing well on the job creation front are the Greater New York metropolitan area (which includes Newark and Jersey City) that saw 156,400 new jobs in 2015, the largest amount for any metro in the country. The Los Angeles metro area (which includes Long Beach and Anaheim) came in second with 135,100 jobs. San Francisco, Seattle, and Miami also saw big jumps with 66,300, 56,800, and 55,300 jobs created respectively.

In terms of growth rate, Idaho Falls, Idaho broke the coastline trend with a 4.5 percent growth rate, just edging out Silicon Valley for the top spot, which posted an increase of 4.4 percent.

On the other end of the spectrum, Lafayette, La. and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Ill. were hit the hardest, losing 5,500 jobs and 4,500 jobs respectively.

These figures are all based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To see the full graphic of job growth in the U.S., click the link below.

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