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9 Cities With the Most Job Growth and Potential

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Stephanie MialkiGuest Blogger
December 03, 2016 · 2.5k Views

With a rebounding U.S. economy, it comes as no surprise that people all over the country are looking to migrate to the American cities that have the most job growth or job potential. So, if a move is in your near future, take a look at this list, as it includes some of the top U.S. cities with the most job growth.


1. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

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Source: Huffington Post

It goes without saying that Vegas is a tourist attraction, if nothing else, right? Because of this, business is always booming here and so is the job market. In the last 4-years, Las Vegas’ job market has added 11% more jobs than they had in 2012.


2. Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

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Source: Southeast Discovery

With the ever popular modest winters and oceanic views, South Carolina becomes a permanent living destination for many people. With the consistently growing population, the job potential grows significantly as well. The job market has jumped from 70.568 in 2012 to 81,649 in 2016, which is an increase of 15.7%.


3. Lake Charles, LA

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Few people thought Louisiana would ever rebound after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, but not only have they rebuilt physically, they have also increased their job market by almost 17%. In 2012, the job market listed 84,767 jobs and it is now standing tall at 99,089 and is continuing to grow.


4. Greeley, CO

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Source: Upstate Colorado

Famously known for their recent Californication, Colorado seems to be a top destination for many job seekers. The population boom has seen an obvious increase in job creation, boosting their already diverse job market from 126,155 jobs in 2012 to 146,157 jobs in 2016 - an overall 15.9% increase.


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5. St. George, UT

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Source: St George News

With a low unemployment rate of just 4.2%, it shouldn’t come as surprise that the job market has seen steady growth in St. George, Utah. Over the past few years, this U.S. city has seen it’s job market expand by over 20%, from a modest 53,115 to 63,945.


6. Boston, MA

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Source: The State Journal-Register

Boston is almost always in America's Top 10 as far as annual economic growth according to Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business. From 2012 to 2016, the employment rate in Boston grew 6% and added 53,000 new jobs. As of June 2016, Boston had an estimated 2,500,300 non-farm jobs.


7. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

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Source: Cape Coral Airport Transportation

Florida may be known for their retirement community, but they are quickly gaining notoriety for job creation as well. The Cape Coral/Fort Myers region of Florida has seen a 16.9% increase in employment rate from 2012 to 2016. As of June 2016, the job market contains 311,432 jobs.


8. Phoenix, AZ

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Source: Drive The Nation

The employment rate of Phoenix, Arizona has been steadily increasing at an annual rate of 2.91%. That is the equivalent of 48,500 new jobs every year since 2012. It was recently reported that the total number of non-farm jobs was estimated to be around 1,713,400 positions.


9. Seattle, WA

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Source: www.monaco-seattle.com

The growth of Seattle, both in population and in job expansion alike, is the highest in the country from 2012 to 2016. The residents of Seattle have seen their job market explode from 69,848 to 84,478 over the past four years, which is an outstanding 20.9% increase overall!

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Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.

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