MSA Employment Report for the Year Ending April 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

HFF is pleased to report on MSA Employment for the year ending April 2017. Our research team analyzes trends and data to give readers a better view into the current state of the economy and how employment is being affected.

Growth Rankings

Dallas was the only MSA to create more than 100,000 jobs. Only the top six MSAs were able to create more than 50,000 jobs.

Employment in HFF markets grew by 1.54 percent in the 12 months ending April 2017 and, having added 877,200 jobs on the year, accounted for 42.1 percent of the nation’s headline growth. The top 10 expanding employment bases below combined to account for approximately 29.8 percent of the nation’s overall growth in the past year.

Altering our perspective to percentage growth (to level the playing field), we see that Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle and Riverside remain in the top 10. Large markets such as Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Chicago now lag given their respective percentage growth rates below 1.62 percent, the median of the 50 markets below. Smaller markets such as Orlando and Nashville show their momentum, with each growing above 3.5 percent. The employment recovery is definitely still underway, with approximately 13 markets now expanding at a rate in excess of 2.5 percent and 27 markets exceeding the national average.

Rebuilding Employment

Since bottoming in the depths of the recession, many markets have bounced back significantly, with 38 markets having created more than 100,000 jobs. New York City (1,227,400) has created the highest level of job creation since bottoming. Combined, the below markets have expanded by 12.75 million jobs (17 percent) since troughing. For many markets, there is still work left to do, but each market below has indeed commenced its recovery.

In Texas, relatively small contractions experienced during the downturn paired with outsized job growth since propel the largest MSAs in that state to the top four spots of the below graph, representing recuperation of jobs lost after the Great Financial Crisis. Note that Austin has now created 7.87 the number of jobs lost during the recession.Said another way, if Austin lost 100 jobs during the recession they’ve added back approximately 787.

Sources: HFF Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor, Bloomberg

Prepared by: HFF Research Analyst Morgan Allen

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