Total nonfarm jobs for January 2012 in the Pittsburgh region was 1,134,000, making it the second-highest January ever. These numbers are even above pre-recession numbers, and the Pittsburgh region had a higher year-over-year increase (1.6%) than all but four of our benchmark regions.
The Pittsburgh region has been performing better than the benchmark average in terms of job growth for the past four years.
Emphasis added. Pittsburgh's success on the job creation front isn't new. This has been the story for quite some time. Phoenix is tanking. Pittsburgh is rising. The Rust Belt is surging past the Sun Belt.