MSA Employment Report for the Year Ending August 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

HFF is pleased to report on MSA Employment for the year ending August 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 Ranking

New York and Dallas were the only MSAs to create more than 95,000 jobs. The top nine MSAs were able to create more than 50,000 jobs. Employment in HFF markets grew by 1.76 percent in the 12 months ending August 2017 and, having added 1,002,100 jobs on the year, accounted for 47.7 percent of the nation’s headline growth.

The top 10 expanding employment bases below combined to account for approximately 34.5 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 Atlanta, Dallas and Seattle remain in the top 10. Large markets such as Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Chicago now lag given their respective percentage growth rates below 1.83 percent, the median of the 50 markets below. Smaller markets such as Raleigh, Orlando, Vegas and Nashville show their momentum, with each growing above three percent.

The employment recovery is definitely still underway, with approximately 23 markets now expanding at a rate in excess of two percent and 36 markets exceeding the national average.

Rebuilding Employment

Since bottoming in the depths of the recession, many markets have bounced back significantly, with 40 markets having created more than 100,000 jobs. New York City (1,303,800) has created the highest level of job creation since bottoming. Combined, the below markets have expanded by 13.18 million jobs (18 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 7.71 the number of jobs lost during the recession. Said another way, if Austin lost 100 jobs during the recession they’ve added back approximately 771.

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

Prepared by: HFF Research Analyst Morgan Allen

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