CareerBuilder and EMSI: The Best-Performing Jobs and Metros Since the Recession

CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson appeared on CBS MarketWatch radio Tuesday to talk about the best-performing jobs and metro areas since the recession. Ferguson featured EMSI data during the five-minute interview, including our post on the rebound of production occupations.

CareerBuilder and EMSI, which joined forces earlier this year, looked at the 50 largest metros to see which have seen the most job growth since 2010 — San Jose and Houston came out on top — and which 6-digit industries grew by at least 10% with 20,000 jobs added.

Business Insider (which included the image to the right) and AOL Jobs were among the news sites to highlight our data.

The full CareerBuilder/EMSI press release is below:

CHICAGO, October 24, 2012 – Which industries and locations are producing the most job growth post-recession? Which occupations are re-emerging after significant elimination of jobs during the recession? CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) answer these questions with a new study tracking labor trends in the U.S. The study uses EMSI’s rich labor market database, which pulls from over 90 national and state employment resources and includes detailed information on employees and self-employed workers.*

“Job creation in the U.S. is on an upward trajectory,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “While growth has been slower or stagnant in certain areas, there is a wide range of industries where the production of new jobs has accelerated. Markets tied to energy, production, technology, healthcare, transportation and consulting have increased employment 10 to 30 percent over the last few years.”

The following is a list of specific industries where job growth has increased by double digits with an addition of at least 20,000 jobs from 2010 to 2012:

  • Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals – 28,333 jobs added since 2010, signifying 30 percent growth
  • Drilling Oil and Gas Wells – 21,970 jobs added, up 29 percent
  • Electronic Shopping – 25,327 jobs added, up 23 percent
  • Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction – 32,715 jobs added, up 21 percent
  • Temporary Help Services – 438,116 jobs added, up 21 percent
  • Machine Shops – 44,754 jobs added, up 18 percent
  • Marketing Consulting Services – 27,113 jobs added, up 13 percent
  • Computer Systems Design Services – 88,740 jobs added, up 12 percent
  • Specialized Freight (except used goods) Trucking, Local – 22,936 jobs added, up 11 percent
  • Home Health Care Services – 116,360 jobs added, up 10 percent

Top 10 Locations With the Most Job Growth

“There is a close correlation between the top locations for job growth and the concentration of fast-growing industries in those markets,” said Ferguson. “Technology hiring is a big contributor for growth in the Bay Area and Raleigh, while Texas cities, Oklahoma and Salt Lake are benefiting from strong oil and gas activity. The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top 10 while healthcare continues to thrive in Phoenix.”

The 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), out of the most populous metros, with the most job growth from 2010 to 2012 are:

1. San Jose, CA (includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara) – 63,290 jobs added since 2010, signifying 7 percent growth

2. Houston, TX (includes Sugar Land and Baytown) – 165,969 jobs added, up 6 percent

3. Austin, TX (includes Round Rock and San Marcos) – 49,131 jobs added, up 6 percent

4. Detroit, MI (includes Warren and Livonia) – 92,407 jobs added, up 5 percent

5. Salt Lake City, UT – 34,137 jobs added, up 5 percent

6. Oklahoma City, OK – 28,992 jobs added, up 5 percent

7. Raleigh, NC (includes Cary)– 24,725 jobs added, up 5 percent

8. Dallas, TX (includes Forth Worth and Arlington) – 128,644 jobs added, up 4 percent

9. San Francisco, CA (includes Oakland and Fremont) – 84,014 jobs added, up 4 percent

10. Phoenix, AZ (includes Mesa and Glendale) – 81,606 jobs added, up 4 percent

Re-Emerging Jobs

In most states, production occupations are rallying after major job losses during the recession. The resurgence is seen most among computer-controlled machine tool operators, an occupation with more workers now than in 2007. However, machinists, engine assemblers, and other production jobs are getting close to pre-recession employment levels.

  • Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders – jobs declined 16 percent from 2007 to 2009, and then increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2012.
  • Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic – jobs declined 13 percent from 2007 to 2009, and then increased 14 percent from 2010 to 2012.
  • Pourers and Casters, Metal – jobs declined 23 percent from 2007 to 2009, and then increased 13 percent from 2010 to 2012.
  • Engine and Other Machine Assemblers – jobs declined 16 percent from 2007 to 2009, and then increased 13 percent from 2010 to 2012.

*EMSI data is collected from more than 90 federal and state sources, such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and state labor departments. EMSI removes suppressions often found in publicly available data and includes proprietors, creating a complete picture of the workforce.

About EMSI

Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) is a CareerBuilder company that provides industry-leading employment data and economic analysis via web tools and custom reports. EMSI has produced more than 1,200 comprehensive impact analyses for colleges and universities in the US and internationally, and our web tools — Analyst and Career Coach — are used by thousands of professionals in higher education, workforce and economic development, and the private sector.

About CareerBuilder®

CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract their most important asset – their people. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 49 million resumes. CareerBuilder works with the world’s top employers, providing resources for everything from employment branding and talent intelligence to recruitment support. More than 10,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder’s proprietary job search technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.careerbuilder.com/.

Update: Here is the full list of the top 50 metros based on percentage job growth. Where metros have the same growth rate, the table is further sorted by total job growth.

MSA Name 2010 Jobs 2012 Jobs Job Change % Change 2012 Avg. Annual Wage
Source: QCEW Employees, Non-QCEW, and Self-Employed – EMSI 2012.3 Class of Worker
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 950,735 1,014,025 63,290 7% $105,706
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,786,930 2,952,899 165,969 6% $67,088
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 845,733 894,864 49,131 6% $58,028
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI 1,809,801 1,902,208 92,407 5% $60,432
Salt Lake City, UT 658,604 692,741 34,137 5% $53,546
Oklahoma City, OK 620,477 649,469 28,992 5% $50,469
Raleigh-Cary, NC 538,830 563,555 24,725 5% $52,985
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,135,194 3,263,838 128,644 4% $60,086
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 2,168,500 2,252,514 84,014 4% $78,880
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,834,454 1,916,060 81,606 4% $53,846
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,856,912 1,929,525 72,613 4% $67,342
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,320,000 1,367,534 47,534 4% $61,628
Columbus, OH 960,281 998,599 38,318 4% $53,421
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 877,935 909,444 31,509 4% $57,316
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 823,659 853,134 29,475 4% $53,462
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 627,090 654,871 27,781 4% $50,483
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 8,889,482 9,111,820 222,338 3% $77,242
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,200,739 3,289,069 88,330 3% $79,771
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,393,147 2,463,751 70,604 3% $58,583
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 2,407,091 2,468,634 61,543 3% $51,995
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,839,329 1,892,017 52,688 3% $60,920
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,498,173 1,538,488 40,315 3% $60,515
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,102,744 1,140,720 37,976 3% $55,904
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,356,626 1,390,906 34,280 3% $45,875
Pittsburgh, PA 1,184,551 1,214,245 29,694 3% $54,901
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 1,036,794 1,066,016 29,222 3% $54,505
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 961,687 990,899 29,212 3% $49,052
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 915,131 942,512 27,381 3% $53,669
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 5,999,033 6,143,325 144,292 2% $61,138
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 4,461,061 4,549,732 88,671 2% $62,439
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 2,607,064 2,665,828 58,764 2% $72,792
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 1,189,451 1,218,515 29,064 2% $50,412
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,373,126 1,400,446 27,320 2% $61,272
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 1,046,668 1,071,935 25,267 2% $46,256
Richmond, VA 643,275 657,018 13,743 2% $54,677
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 641,431 653,464 12,033 2% $52,472
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 570,514 582,177 11,663 2% $54,447
Jacksonville, FL 624,941 634,680 9,739 2% $51,332
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 554,007 562,953 8,946 2% $49,963
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,847,737 2,866,722 18,985 1% $63,207
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 871,219 883,649 12,430 1% $49,994
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,041,641 1,053,613 11,972 1% $54,112
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 643,268 651,931 8,663 1% $67,185
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,047,825 1,056,167 8,342 1% $54,784
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,383,849 1,391,853 8,004 1% $53,915
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 860,281 867,917 7,636 1% $51,358
Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA 952,582 957,779 5,197 1% $58,739
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 844,684 849,075 4,391 1% $55,186
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA 719,675 722,008 2,333 0% $52,905
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 519,113 520,572 1,459 0% $52,696

Data for this post came from Analyst, EMSI’s web-based labor market tool. Follow us on Twitter @desktopecon. Email Josh Wright if you have any questions or comments, or would like to see further data.

4 Responses to “CareerBuilder and EMSI: The Best-Performing Jobs and Metros Since the Recession”

    • Joshua Wright

      Scott, I’ve updated the post to include the 50 most populous metros ranked by their job growth rate since 2010. If you’d like to see data for the other metros beyond the top 50, let me know.

  1. marie

    I like to see the reports for Weld County. Can you pull that same report for Scott above?

  2. Rob Sentz

    Marie, this is very easy to do in Analyst. Do you have access?