Thirteen of the nation's 100 biggest labor markets have regained all of the jobs that slipped away during the recession. The other 87 are still fighting to break even.
For the period 2006-2011, only 13 metros have posted gains in employment. Dying Pittsburgh is in this elite group. A surprise to no one, Texas cities dominate the list.
During the recession of the early 1990s, Seattle and Minneapolis were the two cities I heard about as a good place to weather the downturn. The buzz helped establish the two metros as destinations for talent from elsewhere in the country. I expect Pittsburgh to follow a similar path.