Best Cities for Jobs 2018

Our Best Cities for Job Growth 2018 Rankings are a performance measure of job growth over the recent, medium, and longer term. Read more about how we calculate the rankings.


Overall Rankings (Total Employment)

Large Cities Rankings - 2018 Best Cities for Job Growth

Mid Sized Cities Rankings - 2018 Best Cities for Job Growth

Small Cities Rankings - 2018 Best Cities for Job Growth

All Cities Rankings - 2018 Best Cities for Job Growth

2018 How We Pick the Best Cities for Job Growth

The methodology for our 2018 ranking largely corresponds to that used in previous years. We seek to measure the robustness of metro areas’ growth both recently and over time, with some minor corrections to mitigate the volatility that the Great Recession has introduced into the earlier parts of the time series. The ranking is based on three-month rolling averages of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “state and area” unadjusted employment data reported from November 2006 to January 2018.  read more »

Growth In America Is Tilting To Smaller Cities


We are often told that America’s future lies in our big cities. That may no longer be entirely true. Some of the strongest job creation and population growth is now occurring in cities of 1 million people or less.  read more »

The Best Cities For Jobs 2018: Dallas And Austin Lead The Surging South


Among America’s largest metropolitan areas, the economic leaders come in two flavors: Southern-fried and West Coast organic. The first group flourishes across a broad range of industries, fed by strong domestic in-migration and a friendly business climate. The other is driven largely by technology and high-end business services clustered around expensive but highly desirable urban areas.  read more »