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Arizona State study ranks top U.S. cities, states in 2013 job growth

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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 7:55 am

A new study released by Research Professor Lee McPheters of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University has identified the top 10 cities and states for job growth in 2013.

The study listed figures from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the report, Phoenix non-agricultural job growth increased 2.7 percent ranking seventh nationwide, while Arizona’s overall non-agricultural job growth increased 2.1 percent ranking tenth in the country.

"Metro Phoenix economic-development efforts seem to be paying off, since both of these industries pay nationally competitive salaries and attract college-educated workers," says McPheters. "This growth is happening in Phoenix more rapidly than anywhere else."

The job-growth rate increased 1.7 percent in the U.S. adding over 2 million jobs in 2013, the report says.

Top 10+ cities and surrounding metro areas (1 million or more workers) for non-agricultural job growth, comparing 2013 to 2012:

1. Riverside, Calif. - up 4 percent

2. San Francisco - up 3.9 percent

3. Denver - up 3.6 percent

4. Houston - up 3.5 percent

5. Orlando, Fla. - up 3.2 percent

6. Seattle - up 2.8 percent

7. Phoenix - up 2.7 percent

8. Dallas - up 2.6 percent (four-way tie)

8. Los Angeles - up 2.6 percent (four-way tie)

8. Miami - up 2.6 percent (four-way tie)

8. San Diego - up 2.6 percent (four-way tie)

Top 10 states for non-agricultural job growth, comparing 2013 to 2012:

1. North Dakota - up 3.6 percent

2. Utah - up 3.2 percent

3. California - up 3 percent

4. Colorado - up 2.9 percent (tie)

4. Texas - up 2.9 percent (tie)

6. Nevada - up 2.7 percent

7. Idaho - up 2.6 percent

8. Florida - up 2.5 percent

9. Washington - up 2.2 percent

10. Arizona - up 2.1 percent

According to the report, the lowest ranked cities for job growth in 2013 were Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Cleveland, which all added less than 1 percent.  

The bottom 10 states for job growth in 2013 included South Dakota, Virginia, Maine, New Mexico, Vermont, Wyoming, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and West Virginia, the report says. 

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