Infographic: America’s Most Competitive Metros

For background and details on this infographic, check out our original post. Read more about EMSI data here and shift share here.

Note: The percentage shown for each metro is the share of total 2012 jobs that are due to growing (or declining) competitiveness from 2010-2012.

4 Responses to “Infographic: America’s Most Competitive Metros”

  1. Mike Ebert

    It’s surprising to see Detroit and Grand Rapids Michigan on the positive side of things. Perhaps they’ve bottomed out and are recovering somewhat?

    • Joshua Wright

      Yes, Mike. Over the last few years, Detroit and Grand Rapids have shown strong job growth. For this analysis, Detroit stands out in competitiveness in manufacturing (specifically metalworking and other machinery mfg.), administrative and support services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For Grand Rapids, employment services has seen better-than-expected growth, and so too has plastic products manufacturing. Grand Rapids also seen unexpectedly strong increases in private colleges and universities since 2010.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. Tiffany

    Is data available for each of the specific metro areas? Similar to the analysis of the Top 5 and Bottom 5 in the original post.

    • Joshua Wright

      Yes, Tiffany, we can provide shift-share analysis for any metro area — or any other level of geography in the US (county, ZIP code, state). Feel free to shoot my an email ( with specific data requests.