An 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, AlaskaNew 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 MexicoJobs 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.