The United States has created more than 10 million jobs in the past four years. Over this time, the unemployment rate fell from 8.2% to 4.9%, the lowest in nearly a decade.
24/7 Wall St. compared the most recent employment levels in U.S. metro areas with levels four years ago. With the economic recovery, the vast majority of metro areas report at least some job growth over this time. In some cities, the number of jobs has grown dramatically. Employment levels in nine metro areas grew by at least 15%, and in Bend-Redmond, Oregon, the four-year employment growth of 20.9% was the fastest in the country.
Charleston Metro’s Ranking:
29. Charleston-North Charleston, SC
> Employment increase: 11.6%
> No. of jobs June 2012: 316,755
> No. of jobs June 2016: 353,427
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.4%