The Atlantic Cities (03/19/21) Richard Florida
Austin, TX, and San Jose, CA, led U.S. cities in job growth in 2011, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Houston, Charlotte, NC, and Nashville, TN, round out the top five. The cities with the biggest gains are a mixture of knowledge-driven and creative regions (Austin, TX, San Jose, CA, and Raleigh, NC); regions with significant natural resources (Houston and Oklahoma City); transitioning industrial regions (Detroit and Pittsburgh); and the country’s leading center for popular music, Nashville, TN. Despite their reputations for resilience, the Washington metro region and the greater New York area ranked just 29th and 25th, respectively. The analysis covers the 51 U.S. metro areas with populations of at least one million people.