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11 areas where jobs are increasing

By Kate Lorenz, CareerBuilder
Employment is on the rise in some metro areas, according to analysis done by Brookings Institute.
Employment is on the rise in some metro areas, according to analysis done by Brookings Institute.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Brookings Institute says employment growing in some areas, according to CareerBuilder
  • MetroMonitor, a barometer of health of 100 largest U.S. metropolitan economies
  • Says largest employment growth in McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
  • In second place was New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
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(CareerBuilder) -- I'm probably as sick of writing about job loss as you are reading about it. But I have some good news to report.

The Brookings Institute released the Q3 edition of its MetroMonitor, a "quarterly, interactive barometer of the health of America's 100 largest metropolitan economies."

The MetroMonitor analyzes trends in U.S. metro employment, unemployment, economic performance, housing prices and real estate-owned properties to determine the rate of the country's recession and recovery.

So what did they find with regards to jobs? Looking at Q2 2009 to Q3 2009, the overall percent change in employment change in the top 100 largest metro areas was -0.5 percent and also -0.5 percent for the entire U.S.

Eleven metros that saw increases in employment in the last quarter and another six saw no change at all.

Here are the 11 metros that saw positive job growth:

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 1.3

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 0.6

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York, Pennsylvania
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 0.5

Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska-Iowa
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 0.5

Columbia, South Carolina
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 0.3

Worcester, Massachusetts
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 0.2

Jackson, Mississippi
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 0.2

Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 0.1

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Virginia-Maryland-W. Virginia
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 0.1

Madison, Wisconsin
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 0.1

Syracuse, New York
Change in employment Q2 2009-Q3 2009: 0.1

The MetroMonitor also compared the largest 100 metros' peak employment quarter to the most recent quarter (Q3 2009), measuring the extent to which employment has recovered from the recession's full impact.

In that respect, only one metro area has seen employment growth from its peak until Q3: McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, whose employment has risen 1.4 percent.

When you consider that the percent change in employment for the 100 largest metro areas was down -4.3 percent since the peak and down -4.6 percent for the entire U.S., there seems to be a lot more healing to go ... but at least we seem to be on the right track.

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