Top 20 Large Cities

Employment base of 450,000 or more.
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Rank
Within
Category
Area,State
Hottest Industries
2007 Overall Rank 2006
Rank in
Category
2006 Overall Rank Growth
Nonfarm
Jobs
2005-
2006
Growth
Nonfarm
Jobs
2001-
2006
Weighted
Index
1 Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev
Manufacturing, Business
Services, Leisure
7 1 9 5.7% 26.6% 98.1
2 Phoenix-Mesa-
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Retail, Business Services,
Leisure
14 6 36 5.2% 18.7% 93.1
3 Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Business and Financial
Services, Education and
Health
21 2 24 3.5% 16.7% 90.8
4 Orlando-Kissimmee, Fla.
Business and Financial
Services, Wholesale,
Leisure
24 3 28 3.8% 18.0% 90.2
5 Riverside-San
Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.

Retail, Business Services,
Transportation
26 5 35 2.8% 21.2% 89.1
6 West Palm Beach-Boca
Raton, Fla.

Business Services,
Leisure, Transportation
40 4 31 3.1% 16.0% 85.7
7 Raleigh-Cary, N.C.
Education and Health,
Government
50 13 92 4.5% 12.3% 81.2
8 Honolulu, Hawaii
(Biggest Mover)

Information,
Transportation
51 26 120 2.5% 9.9% 80.5
9 Northern Virginia
Business Services, Retail
66 7 42 2.9% 12.2% 74.5
10 Salt Lake City, Utah
Business Services,
Education and Health
68 15 98 4.6% 8.5% 73.9
11 Tampa-St. Petersburg-
Clearwater, Fla.

Business Services,
Leisure, Retail
71 9 64 2.3% 11.8% 73.1
12 Jacksonville, Fla.
Business Services,
Leisure, Education and
Health
85 11 81 2.6% 9.3% 69.2
13 Washington, D.C.-
Arlington-Alexandria, Va.

Business Services,
Wholesale
92 8 52 2.4% 11.0% 68.0
14 Nashville, Tenn.
Business Services, Retail
102 21 149 2.5% 8.8% 64.4
15 Sacramento, Calif.
Leisure, Business
Services
108 19 132 2.1% 9.5% 62.5
16 Austin-Round Rock,
Texas

Business Services,
Wholesale
110 26 173 2.8% 6.6% 62.1
17 Houston-Sugar Land-
Baytown, Texas

Business Services,
Transportation, Utilities
120 31 193 2.8% 5.6% 58.8
18 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett,
Wash.

Business Services,
Information, Manufacturing
122 28 179 3.9% 3.7% 58.8
19 Bethesda-Gaithersburg-
Frederick, Md.

Business Services,
Leisure, Education and
Health
134 27 177 2.4% 6.9% 57.0
20 Portland, Oreg.-
Vancouver-Beaverton,
Wash.

Business Services,
Manufacturing
139 24 169 2.6% 5.2% 55.7

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Last updated: May 1, 2007




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