Best Cities for Job Growth 2012 Map

For the 2012 Job Growth Rankings, Needle Analytics has mapped out every city sampled in the survey and visualized their positions on the list of rankings. While a list of data can impart interesting revelations to the reader, visualizing the data in an interactive way can yield meaningful results, highlighting differences by region.

The visualization of the 2012 Best Cities rankings brings attention to a few interesting trends: some of the most robust growth has been seen across the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains as new markets are tapped in these bourgeoning areas. Another powerhouse of job growth is Texas, reveling in its ability to attract talent to the bustling energy industry. Areas with more stagnant growth are familiar: cities in the Rust Belt, the Southeast and up along California have only realized slow growth in their job markets.

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