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The Best and the Worst U.S. Cities for Jobs in 2010
March 17th, 2010 by Kate Seidametova  Posted in Job News, Job Search, Unemployment
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istock_000006729509xsmallAn employment services firm (Manpower) has recently conducted a survey of 18,000 employers in 201 metropolitan areas in the U.S. to determine the best and the worst U.S. cities for new jobs.  Overall, 16% of employers said they expect to hire new workers, and 8% said they plan to decrease their workforce during the second quarter of this year.  Here are the results by cities:

U.S. Cities with the Most Projected Job Gains:

1. Anchorage, Alaska New Jobs Outlook: 22%. Largest Employers: Anchorage International Airport, FedEx and United Parcel Service accounting for 18,000 jobs.

2. Burlington - South Burlington, Vermont New Jobs Outlook: 22%. Largest Employers:  the University of Vermont, Champlain College, St. Michael’s College, and nearby IBM semiconductor facility.

3. Killeen - Temple-Fort Hood, Texas New Jobs Outlook: 21%. Largest Employers:  the Military (Fort Hood) with $7 billion in annual revenue and home to 240 defense contractors (from Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin)

4. Washington - Arlington-Alexandria, D.C. & Virginia New Jobs Outlook: 20%. Largest Employers:  Scientific Research, Department of Defense and Homeland Security industries, National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research and several top university-related research institutes.

5. Fort Collins - Loveland, Colorado New Jobs Outlook: 20%. Largest Employers:  Colorado State University, Bioscience and Clean Energy companies.

6. Memphis, Tennessee New Jobs Outlook: 17%. Largest Employers:  FedEx, Memphis City Schools, Baptist Memorial Hospital.

7. Albany - Schenectady -Troy, New York New Jobs Outlook: 17%. Largest Employers: New York’s State Government and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

8. Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, North Carolina New Jobs Outlook: 17%. Largest Employers: East Carolina University and Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

9. Ogden - Clearfield, Utah New Jobs Outlook: 17%. Largest Employers: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Hill Air Force Base.

10. Portland - South Portland - Biddeford, Maine New Jobs Outlook: 17%. Largest Employers: Financial Services companies.

 

U.S. Cities with the Worst Projected Job Losses:

1. San Juan, Puerto Rico Jobs Losses Outlook: -8%. Largest Employers:  the Federal and Local governments provide jobs to 30% of the workforce. 2,400 government workers were laid off in January and 12,000 will be cut in the next months.

2. Merced, California Jobs Losses Outlook: -7%. Largest Employers: Agriculture (lost 29 dairies in 2009) and Real Estate (job losses compounded by the collapse of the real estate market).

3. Macon, Georgia Jobs Losses Outlook: -6%. Largest Employer: Robins Air Force Base.

4. Las Vegas - Paradise, Nevada Jobs Losses Outlook: -6%. Largest Employers: Hospitality & Casinos. The real estate collapse contributed to job losses.

5. Champaign - Urbana, Illinois Jobs Losses Outlook: -5%. Largest Employer: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

6. Portland – Vancouver - Beaverton, Oregon & Washington Jobs Losses Outlook: -4%. Largest Employer: Nike.

7. Reno-Sparks, Nevada Jobs Losses Outlook: -4%. Largest Employers: Real Estate companies suffering from the real estate market collapse.

8. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio & Pennsylvania Jobs Losses Outlook: -2%. Largest Employers: Youngstown State University

9. Albuquerque, New Mexico Jobs Losses Outlook: -2%. Largest Employers:  the University of New Mexico, Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Laboratories.

10. Atlanta - Sandy Springs - Marietta, Georgia Jobs Losses Outlook: -2%. Largest Employers: Dobbins Air Reserve Base and Lockheed Martin.
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  • Should the health care bill pass, it would be interesting to see this survey retaken and determine if there is any change in locations/impact to employment.

    There is a theory the job market will open should healthcare be subsidized, as many with a retirement/pension are still working to cover healthcare costs.

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