31 American Cities Adding the Most Jobs

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11. Fort Collins, CO
> 5 yr. employment increase: 18.3% (+30,546 jobs)
> Highest growth industry: Trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,800 jobs)
> August unemployment: 3.0%
> Median household income: $69,102

Fort Collins, Colorado reported a larger increase in overall employment in the past five years than just 10 other U.S. metro areas. There are now over 30,500 more people working in the metro area than there were in 2013, an 18.3% increase. To compare, overall employment climbed by 7.8% nationwide over the same period.

In Fort Collins, employment grew in every industry in the past five years. The trade, transportation, and utilities industry; the leisure and hospitality industry; as well as government, added over 4,000 jobs each. Despite climbing slightly in the past year, Fort Collins’ unemployment rate of 3.0% is well below the August U.S. unemployment rate of 3.9%.

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10. Austin-Round Rock, TX
> 5 yr. employment increase: 18.4% (+177,408 jobs)
> Highest growth industry: Professional and business services (+45,200 jobs)
> August unemployment: 3.0%
> Median household income: $73,800

Few U.S. metro areas are growing in population as rapidly as Austin, Texas. In the last five years, the metro area’s population climbed 15.3%, from 1.8 million in 2012 to 2.1 million in 2017. There are now more than 1.1 million people working in the Austin metro area, compared to 966,000 in 2013, an 18.4% increase.

The metro area’s professional and business services industry added 45,200 jobs since 2013, the largest employment increase of any industry. Some of the largest employers in Austin, including Apple, Dell, and IBM, are also in the metro area’s fastest growing industry.

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9. Boise City, ID
> 5 yr. employment increase: 18.6% (+54,582 jobs)
> Highest growth industry: Trade, transportation, and utilities (+8,400 jobs)
> August unemployment: 2.3%
> Median household income: $55,324

Every major industry in Idaho state capital metro area employs more workers than it did five years ago. Overall, there are 54,582 more people working in Boise today than half a decade ago. The metro area’s trade, transportation, and utilities industry grew the most, adding 8,400 jobs, followed by the professional and business services industry, which added 8,000 jobs.

As the state capital, Boise has a relatively large government sector. In the past five years, the number of workers employed in government jobs in the metro area increased by 4,600.

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8. Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
> 5 yr. employment increase: 20.0% (+44,583 jobs)
> Highest growth industry: Professional and business services (+9,200 jobs)
> August unemployment: 2.5%
> Median household income: $56,038

Overall employment has increased by 20% in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers metro area over the past five years. Largely due to growth in the professional and business services industry and the trade, transportation, and utilities industry, there are now 44,583 more people working in and around Fayetteville than there were five years ago.

Due in part to near nation leading job growth, the metro area’s 2.5% unemployment rate is the lowest in Arkansas or Missouri and well below the 3.9% U.S. August unemployment rate.

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7. Gainesville, GA
> 5 yr. employment increase: 20.9% (+17,423 jobs)
> Highest growth industry: Trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,800 jobs)
> August unemployment: 3.0%
> Median household income: $61,977

Employment has grown faster in Gainesville, Georgia, than in any other city in the Southeast in the past five years. There are now 17,423 more people working in the metro area than there were in 2013, a 20.9% increase. Local manufacturers Kubota and Mars Wrigley Confectionery have each grown recently. Additionally, due in part to recent hiring by the distribution company Tatsumi Intermodal, the metro area’s trade, transportation, and utilities industry added 2,800 new jobs since 2013, the most of any industry in Gainesville.

As of August 2018, Gainesville’s unemployment rate was 3.0%, well below the comparable 3.9% national rate.