In the Cincinnati MSA total employment in February compared to February 2010 was up 1 percent, an increase of 10,200 jobs, according to data released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compared to selected regional competitors Cincinnati’s employment growth ranked 7 out of 12 (see Table 1). Raleigh and Pittsburgh ranked 1 and 2 with growth rates of 2.5 and 2.1 percent respectively. Each of the 12 metro areas saw job growth between February 2010 and February 2011.
Besides Raleigh, the peer group includes Columbus, Charlotte, Austin, and Denver. There are more than a few strong metro performers on that list. Pittsburgh is the cream of the crop in terms of recovery.