31 American Cities Adding the Most Jobs

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21. Coeur d’Alene, ID
> 5 yr. employment increase: 16.2% (+10,622 jobs)
> Highest growth industry: Mining, logging, and construction (+2,100 jobs)
> August unemployment: 2.6%
> Median household income: $57,219

Total employment in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is up 16.2% in the past half decade. The number of people working in the metro area has grown in each of the past five years. Over the same period, unemployment in Coeur d’Alene fell from 6.1% to just 2.6% — one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

The area’s job growth has been driven by the mining, logging, and construction industry, which added 2,100 of all the new jobs over the past half decade. However, not all industries contributed to growth. There are 300 fewer people working in Coeur d’Alene’s manufacturing sector today than there were in 2013.

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20. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV
> 5 yr. employment increase: 16.6% (+150,153 jobs)
> Highest growth industry: Professional and business services (+31,700 jobs)
> August unemployment: 4.9%
> Median household income: $57,189

There are over 150,000 more people working in the Las Vegas metro area today than there were five years ago. There were 905,000 people working in and around Sin City in 2013 compared to well over a million today. The professional and business services industry drove job growth, followed by the mining, logging, and construction industry.

Las Vegas’s job market was hit particularly hard by the recession, and as recently as 2013, nearly one in every 10 workers in the metro area were out of work. Due largely to rapid job growth, unemployment has improved substantially since — but at 4.9%, the metro area’s jobless rate remains higher than the August 3.9% national rate.

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19. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
> 5 yr. employment increase: 17.0% (+189,131 jobs)
> Highest growth industry: Professional and business services (+54,000 jobs)
> August unemployment: 3.4%
> Median household income: $55,089

There are now 189,000 more people working in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, metro area than there were five years ago. The metro area’s professional and business services industry alone accounted for well over a quarter of that growth, adding to employment by 54,000.

Home to Walt Disney World Resort, the Orlando metro area is a popular tourist destination. Annual attendance at Magic Kingdom alone climbed from about 18.5 million in 2013 to about 20.5 million in 2017. Over roughly the same period, employment in the metro area’s leisure and hospitality industry climbed 23%, accounting for about 50,000 new jobs.

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18. Grants Pass, OR
> 5 yr. employment increase: 17.6% (+5,066 jobs)
> Highest growth industry: Education and health services (+1,700 jobs)
> August unemployment: 5.3%
> Median household income: $44,426

There are now over 5,000 more people working in Grants Pass, Oregon, than there were five years ago, a 17.6% increase. Job growth was driven by the education and health services industry, which added 1,700 new jobs.

Not all industries in Grants Pass contributed to growth as the metro area’s government sector shed some 500 positions. Still, the metro area’s job market is much improved from five years ago. Just 5.3% of workers in Grants Pass were out of a job as of August 2018 compared to 10.7% in August 2013.

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17. Raleigh, NC
> 5 yr. employment increase: 17.6% (+103,395 jobs)
> Highest growth industry: Trade, transportation, and utilities (+19,700 jobs)
> August unemployment: 3.4%
> Median household income: $72,576

Raleigh, North Carolina, metro area’s population is one of the fastest growing in the United States. In the last five years, the city’s population grew by 12.3%, more than three times the 3.8% national population growth. Over the same period, the metro area’s labor force grew by 14.2%. Still, job growth more than kept pace. There are now over 100,000 more people working in Raleigh than there were in 2013, a 17.6% increase. In the past half decade, the unemployment rate in Raleigh fell from 6.3% to 3.4%.

Total employment grew in every sector in Raleigh in the past five years. The trade, transportation, and utilities industry alone added 19,700 new jobs.