Study yields map of jobs

Sept. 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM
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CHICAGO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Salt Lake City has added the most jobs per capita of any major U.S. city since 2012, CareerBuilder said Thursday.

An expansive study of job growth in various locations, put online by CareerBuilder on Thursday, shows viewers how various cities compared in recent job growth and identifies which cities are major up and coming industrial centers, such as Nashville, which is becoming a motor vehicle industry supply center.

The study found Salt Lake City has added 62,000 jobs since 2010, which is a growth rate of 534 jobs per 10,000 people, CareerBuilder said.

The top five cities for job growth per capita include Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Mich., which has added 513 jobs per 10,000 people over three years; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., which has added 498 per 10,000; Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas, which has added 488 per 10,000 and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas, which has added 451 jobs per 10,000 people, CareerBuilder said.

The study, however, also reveals what jobs are where. Salt Lake City, for example, has long been viewed as a farming community. Recently, however, it has grown as a center for electronic retail, software publishing and specialized freight trucking.

The Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolitan area "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 semiconductor manufacturing," CareerBuilder said.

By contrast, Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Albuquerque both have roughly the same number of workers as they did in 2010.

Providence, R.I., Dayton, Ohio, and Syracuse, N.Y., have also seen marginal gains in the number of jobs, CareerBuilder said.

The map, created by Electronic Modeling Specialists International, a CareerBuilder company, can be found online at

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