MSA Employment Report for the Year Ending December 2017

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

HFF is pleased to report on MSA Employment for the year ending December 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, New York and Los Angeles were able to create more than 75,000 jobs. The top eight MSAs were able to create more than 50,000 jobs.

Employment in HFF markets grew by 1.56 percent in the 12 months ending December 2017, and, having added 903,500 jobs on the year, accounting for 44.4 percent of the nation’s headline growth. The top 10 expanding employment bases below combined to account for approximately 31.4 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 Riverside, Seattle and Dallas remain in the top 10. Large markets such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago now lag given their respective percentage growth rates below 1.66 percent, the median of the 50 markets below.  Orlando, Riverside, San Antonio and Las Vegas lead the markets with the only growth rates above three percent. 

The employment recovery is definitely still underway, with approximately 30 markets now expanding at a rate in excess of 1.5 percent, and 29 markets exceeding the national average.

Market Momentum

Every market is either growing or contracting. Each market’s pace may be accelerating or decelerating.  The graph below demonstrates each MSA’s trajectory over the past six months. The majority of the top 50 MSAs in the country have grown at a decelerating rate over the past six months.

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

Prepared by: HFF Research Analyst Aziza Rehmatulla

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