Columbus has the Midwest’s best job growth

Columbus can lay claim to having not only the Midwest’s best wage growth, but also the top employment growth.

Several weeks after being recognized for a national-best 6.2 percent hourly earnings spike from June 2014 to June 2015, Columbus has proven to be the region’s top jobs creator over a slightly different time span, from July 2014 to July 2015.

Columbus, OH downtown skyline

Columbus recorded a Midwest-best 3.3 percent employment gain over a 12-month period ended in July.

There were 1.041 million people working in Central Ohio in July, up from 1.008 million a year earlier. That 3.3 percent gain moved the metropolitan area above those of other large Midwest markets, including Indianapolis at 3.1 percent and Pittsburgh at 2.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Among all large U.S. markets, considered those with populations greater than 1 million, San Jose, California, saw the top employment gain at 6.2 percent. Employment grew in 50 of the 51 largest markets over the year, the BLS notes, with New Orleans recording the only decrease (down 0.7 percent).

Of all metro areas analyzed, 322 had year-over-year increases while 54 saw decreases and 11 had no change, the BLS said.