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Best Metro Areas for Hiring & Pay 2011

It’s no surprise that some cities are faring better than others in this economy. Below is a list, compiled by …

It’s no surprise that some cities are faring better than others in this economy. Below is a list, compiled by SurePayroll, with the hiring and pay statistics for America’s major metropolitan areas.

The list says that in the U.S. overall hiring is down 3.2% for the year, and employees’ salary-per-check is down 0.8% for the year as well. This is a significant decrease from January 2011 when hiring was only down 0.5% and salary was actually up 0.5%.

The cities whose hiring increased the most:

  • San Antonio—8.3%
  • Orlando—7.1%
  • Las Vegas—5.3%
  • Greensboro—4.7%
  • Charlotte—4.7%

Interesting to note, that 4 of the top 5 metropolitan areas whose hiring increased the most came from the top 3 states in Chief Executive’s Best States/Worst States for Business 2011: Texas, North Carolina and Florida. Nevada also placed in the top 10 in 2011.

The cities whose hiring decreased the most:

  • Sacramento— -15.9%
  • Cincinnati— -15.1%
  • Cleveland— -9.3%
  • Boston— -9.1%
  • Seattle— -7.9%

Ohio, California and Massachusetts all landed in the bottom 10 of Chief Executive’s Best/Worst States for Business 2011.

The cities whose paychecks increased by the most:

  • St. Louis— 10.8%
  • Philadelphia— 8.0%
  • Orlando— 7.8%
  • Sacramento— 6.3%
  • Pittsburgh— 4.4%
  • Dallas— 4.4%

The cities whose paychecks decreased by the most:

  • Indianapolis— -14.4%
  • Columbus— 12.1%
  • Cleveland— -8.1%
  • New York— -3.7%
  • Las Vegas— -3.6%

YTD Change in Hiring and Pay for Small Businesses

Metro Area 2011 Hiring Index (# of employees) 2011 Paycheck Size
Atlanta 3.3% 0.7%
Boston -9.1% -1.2%
Charlotte 4.7% -3.2%
Chicago 0.5% -1.6%
Cincinnati -15.1% -3.0%
Cleveland -9.3% -8.1%
Columbus 0.7% -12.1%
Dallas 0.9% 4.4%
Denver -4.8% 2.6%
Detroit -0.3% 0.2%
Greensboro 4.7% -0.1%
Houston -2.8% 3.7%
Indianapolis -4.1% -14.4%
Las Vegas 5.3% -3.6%
Los Angeles -3.7% -1.2%
Miami 0.1% -1.4%
Minneapolis -3.6% 3.9%
Nashville 0.0% 3.3%
New York 1.7% -3.7%
Norfolk 0.6% -0.9%
Orlando 7.1% 7.8%
Philadelphia -6.3% 8.0%
Phoenix -1.3% 4.2%
Pittsburgh -3.4% 4.4%
Portland 0.1% -0.7%
Raleigh-Durham -2.6% 1.3%
Richmond -3.6% -1.5%
Sacramento -15.9% 6.3%
San Antonio 8.3% -0.7%
San Diego -5.9% 1.8%
San Francisco -4.0% 0.5%
Seattle -7.9% -1.4%
St. Louis 3.2% 10.8%
Tampa 4.0% -1.3%
Washington DC 1.1% 1.3%

Read: SurePayroll’s December 2011 Small Business Scorecard

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