Even though jobs are increasing nationally, Salt Lake City is one of only 14 of the 100 largest cities that have more jobs now than pre-recession, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.
All 14 of these metros benefited from a stable employment base during the recession, whether anchored by universities, government groups or high-tech hubs.
Texas has six of the cities: Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, McAllen, Dallas and Houston. Part of Texas’ great growth came from the surge in gas and oil employment. Percentage-wise, Austin added the most jobs.
The other cities besides Salt Lake City are Omaha, Neb.; Pittsburgh; San Jose, Calif.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Washington, D.C. and Charleston, S.C.
There were 3 million fewer jobs in February than at the highest peak nationally for employment in January 2008.
Job growth has been increasing, but some of these cities could be hit harder than others through the government spending cuts, according to the article. Cities like Washington, D.C., and Charleston have several military installations and contractors that could face employment cuts.