ASU: Arizona drops out of Top 10 in job growth

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A new Arizona State University analysis shows Arizona and the Phoenix metro area have both dropped out of the Top 10 for job growth.

The analysis by ASU research professor Lee McPheters shows job-growth figures for the state dropping to No. 14 nationwide through the first nine months of 2014 compared with No. 10 for all of 2013. The Phoenix metro area dropped to No. 12 from No 7.

McPheters said state job growth remains about the same at about 2 percent but other states are seeing job growth pick up.

"Seven of the Top 10 job-growth states so far this year are in the West," McPheters said. "Oregon and Delaware are new on the list this time, replacing Idaho and Arizona."

Arizona is ranked No. 3 in health-care job growth and No. 5 in financial-activities job growth.

The job category keeping Arizona down is the home construction industry. McPheters says the state is on track to lose construction jobs this year and post a smaller number of new single-family home permits.

Top 10 cities and surrounding metro areas (1 million or more workers), for non-agricultural job growth -- comparing January through September of this year to the same nine months last year:

1.    Orlando, Fla. – up 3.7 percent
2.    Houston – up 3.5 percent
3.    Dallas – up 3.4 percent
4.    Miami – up 3 percent
5.    Portland, Ore. – up 2.9 percent
6.    Riverside, Calif. – up 2.8 percent (tie)
       Denver – up 2.8 percent
8.    San Francisco – up 2.6 percent (tie)
       Seattle – up 2.6 percent
10.  San Diego – up 2.4 percent

Top 10 states for non-agricultural job growth – comparing January through September of this year to the same nine months last year:

1.    North Dakota – up 4.6 percent
2.    Nevada – up 3.6 percent
3.    Texas  – up 3.3 percent
4.    Utah – up 3.1 percent
5.    Florida – up 2.9 percent
6.    Oregon – up 2.8 percent
7.    Colorado – up 2.7 percent
8.    Delaware – up 2.5 percent
9.    California – up 2.2 percent (tie)
       Washington – up 2.2 percent