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Top 5 Cities That Are Job Strong After The Great Recession

Updated on June 9, 2015

North Dakota and Its Enchanted Highway

North Dakota has created the most jobs since 2009. It also offers prairies, oil & gas production, and this Enchanted Highway installation.
North Dakota has created the most jobs since 2009. It also offers prairies, oil & gas production, and this Enchanted Highway installation. | Source

Great Recession Downfall

The Great Recession strangled the American years during 2008 – 2010 and constricted the rest of the world. After 2010, the effects were still evident, painfully so. Some Americans never went back to work full-time again.

Many US residents lost their houses and retirement pensions – even their families. Many accepted 2 to 3 part-time jobs to work simultaneously instead of finding full-time work at one company, but they were thankful to have those smaller jobs.

Working three part-time jobs at once takes up all of your time and space.
Working three part-time jobs at once takes up all of your time and space. | Source

Roads to Faster Recovery

While all this was befalling our nation, some areas of the USA were not so badly affected during the recession, including Texas and to a lesser extent, Ohio and some others. At this writing several years post-recession, analysts from major finance magazines are recognizing 10 cities where the progress of economic rehabilitation and growth are most highly visible.

What cities are so blessed?

Many American cities land on Top 10 lists every year, but some communities on the following list of “survivors and thrivers” cited by the Pew Charitable Trusts in June 2015 seem to be on most of them. The two cities in Texas are particularly inoculated against economic declines by the lack of state income tax that brings in new businesses and by a historic grasp of aviation and aerospace R&D, manufacturing, and services since before the founding of NASA and going back to WWII.

Two Californian cities are noted for Healthcare employment and training, IT developments, and other up to date industries, and even in a recession, these two were able to pull out of decline quickly.

The fifth city on this particular Top 5 List of strong job creators is an arts, music, and cultural oasis. it is that very arts and music development that is lifting it out of recession.


Greatest Percentages of Job Increases are Westward

North Dakota is the hero of the list. It is the state with cities recovering most strongly from the recent recession, because of the giant oil boom still occurring there in 2015-2016. Hundreds of oil wells are yet to be built, having already been approved by the federal government, especially in the New Town area of the local Native American Reservation on which unexpected and massive oil deposits were discovered. The Williston Basin to the west in North Dakota also contains major oil deposits – enough, some say, to power all of North America for a century, once refined. That takes this continent's oil supply into 2150 BCE (AD).

According to Pew analysts, the state increased employment by 28% from their recession era low points to March 31, 2015.

Californians are pleased that a few of their cities are recovering strongly from the Great Recession. Texas adds a few as well, and the Yellow Rose State’s contributions are the cities usually found on Top 10 lists of “bests” – Austin and Houston.

California’s top recovery cities just as often appear around the Top 10 Lists of American magazines and blogs when compared with Texan cities. However, the two visibly strongest cities at present in terms of job growth are San Jose, California and Austin, Texas, both with 22% increases. That figure is an addition of over 1/5 of each city’s baseline.

Good job advice is still to go West!
Good job advice is still to go West! | Source

If any young man is about to commence the world, we say to him, publicly and privately, 'Go to the West.'

— Horace Greeley, "The New Yorker" August 25, 1838

Creating Jobs in the West and South

The next two job-strong communities are in the same states. These are San Francisco and Houston, with 18 to 19% growth in jobs for each.

Number Five in job growth is the incredibly expanding Nashville, Tennessee metro, with nearly 19% job growth since the recession. The TV series Nashville has undoubtedly aided growth by luring more visitors to the city. Nashville outdistanced the statewide increase in jobs by 10%!

Further, the fine arts and performing arts community in Nashville works nearly 24/7 to enhance the city and its residents’ lives. Not only are these professionals bringing additional fine arts to the metro area, but also, they are participating in a large number of volunteer service and other programs that are raising the standard of living for all.

The Big Five Job Creators 2009 - 2015

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Best Job Creating Cities in America Since 2009

The five metro areas that have produced the largest numbers of new jobs since 2010 are:

  1. North Dakota, combined metro areas – Huge increases in jobs and strong economy, based in Oil & Gas production.
  2. San Jose, California
  3. Austin, Texas
  4. San Francisco, California
  5. Houston, Texas
  6. Nashville, Tennessee

In addition to the three states mentioned in the above list, Utah and Colorado are among the Top Five States overall to grow jobs since 2009.


  • US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Grovum, Jake. Which Metro Areas Have Gained the Most Jobs Since the Great Recession Stateline. The Pew Charitable Trust. June 4, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

Look at the major job creating metropolitan areas below and see what they have to offer to you and your family or friends - even senior citizens. You may want to relocate.

© 2015 Patty Inglish


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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      Thanks for that awesome testimony! I've visited several times, attended conferences there in the past, and am blown away by what is happening for culture and education there now. It IS incredible!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I went to school in Nashville and can vouch that it is an incredible place to live. Some of my classmates never moved away. Great culture, entertainment and education.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @kbdressman - I agree - I love the fact that each metro area develops it own strengths and plans into the future. Interesting that it isn't always Math and Science that win. One year in the late 1980s, The Ohio State University Med. School decided to accept a group of art majors for MD training and that worked better than many supposed it would.

      @Ms Dora - So sorry to hear that you could not find a job in that city! It's disappointing, isn't it?

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @mcbirdbks - Great to see you on the thread! California had so many money problems and now long term drought, so it is good to see something positive there.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I left Houston when I couldn't find a job; time to move back, perhaps. Thanks for this valuable research and presentation, Patty.

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      Patty Inglish 2 years ago from North America

      @aesta1 - Hi, it's good to see you! The material about the Norwegians sounds fascinating. Garrison Keillor and other TV/radio people talk a lot about the Swedes in Minnesota, so the whole north-central US sounds like a Scandinavian transplant. All very interest.

      After Oil Boom novels in ND you mention, I bet there will be a couple of movies, too.

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      kbdressman 2 years ago from Harlem, New York

      Interesting to note that it wasn't necessarily the Math/Science fields that were pulling these areas out of the recession. Each area seemed to be able to use their resources and what was unique about the area to recover better than areas that didn't make the list. I find it interesting that there wasn't one specific field, or right answer that made the difference, it was how well you could use what you had. Thanks for the hub!

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Patty. I always enjoy how you publish important information that can actually benefit those who may need it. Good to see California on the list with top hiring cities.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Patty, I just finished reading a series on the Norwegians immigrating to North Dakota and it was so fascinating. The wagons I am sure are different today with all the resources we have now. This new boom will create its own novels, too.