Our previous article revealed the top 6th to 10th US cities with the best job growth rate. Now it’s time to reveal the remaining top five.
5. Lawrence, Kansas (5 percent)
Serving as the home of the University of Kansas, Lawrence is one of the best university cities in the country. Most of the employment options in Lawrence are essentially tied to the university. Also, Lawrence has 50 parks which attract thousands of tourists all year long. Activities along the Kansas River also entice people who want to go kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and rowing.
4. Sandusky, Ohio (5.1 percent)
Most of the major industries found in Sandusky are lake-oriented, with Sandusky located on the shores of Lake Erie. The city has one the biggest coal ports in the Great Lakes area. Aside from coal, Sandusky’s industries include foundries, metal fabrication, automotive parts, and food-processing equipment manufacturers. Cedar Point Amusement Park, named as one of the best amusement parks in the world, is also a big tourist attraction.
3. Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia (5.2 percent)
The Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford metro area is considered to be among the fastest growing urban regions in the in the southwest region of Virginia. In 2009, unemployment rose to 9.6 percent, but has now fallen to 6.3 percent, which is among the lowest in the country. Virginia Tech is the city’s biggest employer. Radford University also offers vast employment opportunities. Government offices have also helped in elevating the job growth in the area, adding 1,600 jobs to the public sector.
2. Casper, Wyoming (5.9 percent)
While Casper is a small city with a small population numbering up to 75,000, it has a very low poverty rate at 7.4 percent, much lower than the national average. Most employment opportunities found in Casper are in government, health care, retail, accommodation and mining. Job growth is also increasing in banking and commerce.
1. Columbus, Indiana (6.4 percent)
Parading the fourth-best economic rebound growth since the recession ended in 2009, Columbus also has a lower unemployment rate at 7 percent. Two years ago, unemployment in Columbus was at 9 percent. Manufacturing is the main industry in Columbus, with major players like Cummins, a Fortune 500 company that sells its engines in 160 nations, and Honda, a leading car manufacturer. While Columbus is a very modern city, many of its historical sites and landmarks have been preserved, attracting tourists and history enthusiasts alike.