Post-Recession sees larger, denser metros generate more jobs

October 21, 2014

A study suggests that the housing boom of the mid-2000s may have been the savior for smaller and medium-sized metros when it comes to job growth. But ever since the recession, there is a new normal.


CityLab reports that large, dense metro areas continue to take up a bigger share of employment, based on a study by Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, which used county-level jobs data to compare employment growth in large metros with over one million people, medium-sized metros with populations of 250,000 to 1 million, small metros with less than 250,000 people and non-metro areas from 2007 through 2013.


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