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52 major markets post job gains; Phoenix ranks No. 2

Phoenix Business Journal - by G. Scott Thomas

Date: Monday, December 6, 2010, 9:53am MST

More than half of the nation’s 100 major markets - Phoenix among them - are rebounding economically, according to new figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Fifty-two markets added private-sector jobs between October 2009 and the same month this year. Forty-six suffered declines, and two were unchanged.

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Phoenix gained 30,300 private-sector positions during the past year, putting it in No. 2 in the nation. Employment was up 2.1 percent over the 12 months.

The New York City area registered the sharpest increase, adding 42,500 private-sector jobs in 12 months. It was followed by Phoenix, Washington (up 29,800), Boston (up 24,100) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (up 21,600).

Chicago recorded the sharpest one-year decline in private-sector employment, losing 56,700 jobs. Runners-up on the downside were San Francisco-Oakland (down 26,200), Detroit (down 25,800), Las Vegas (down 22,000) and Sacramento (down 17,900).



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