More Americans work in or near Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City than any other U.S. metro area, but that’s not where the fastest job growth is. For that look to states with low taxes and those that produce fuel for your car and home.
As reported by MarketWatch, in the Midwest, the area around Elkhart, Ind., posted the fastest employment growth. Hiring rose 5.4% to put the county in fifth place.
Elkhart, in the north of Indiana, has long been known as a hub for the manufacture of recreational vehicles. Yet it’s also sprouted other manufacturing companies amid a concerted effort by Indiana to lure businesses with low taxes and regulations.
The biggest increase in employment last year took place in Midland, Texas, an area between El Paso, Dallas and San Antonio. Hiring in Midland county jumped 11.5% vs. the national average of 1.5%.
Also in the top 10 counties for job growth were Montgomery, Texas (5.9%), Calcasieu, La. (5.8%) and Weld, Colo. (5.2%). All three are big in energy production.
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