Albany stands out on top among the 100 metropolitan areas surveyed, but a few other cities trail closely behind: Richmond, VA, Charleston, SC, and Salt Lake City all have employment outlooks above 30% in the upcoming quarter and are great options for job-seekers to consider. On the other end of the spectrum, however, is New Orleans with only a 1% net employment outlook. Baton Rouge is not much better — with a 2% outlook, the Louisiana capital is still trying to shake off remnants of the 2008 recession.
According to Manpower’s Chris Layden, a number of cities have been scoring in the top quartile consistently. While Albany has never topped the list in the past, Layden said it has always been a strong contender. One advantage that cities like Albany, Richmond, Charleston, and Salt Lake City share in common is the strength of their industrial base across multiple industries. In Albany, the government alone (on the local, state, and federal levels) employs a quarter of the population, but the city has also developed muscle in healthcare and high-tech. Richmond, too, is a hub for multiple industries, including finance, law, bio-science, and technology.