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Grand Rapids metro is 'fastest-growing' large economy in US

July 5, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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The Grand Rapids metro is the “fastest-growing” large economy in the country.

The data aggregation website Headlight Data ranks Grand Rapids No. 1 in the ranking it posted today, which is based on recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The website based the growth on the percentage change in employment between 2015 and 2016.

Employment in the U.S. grew 1.7 percent in 2016, and Grand Rapids had the highest growth of all large metros at 4.4 percent.

The Grand Rapids metro employed 516,394 people in 2015, which grew to 539,152 in 2016. In 2014, the metro employed 498,701 people.

Nationwide, four of the 53 largest metros had declining economies: Oklahoma City, Houston, New Orleans and Pittsburgh.

Top 10

1.   Grand Rapids: 4.4 percent
2.   Orlando, Florida: 4.2 percent
3.   Nashville, Tennessee: 4 percent
4.   Charlotte, North Carolina: 3.7 percent
5.   Salt Lake City: 3.7 percent
6.   Riverside, California: 3.5 percent
7.   Raleigh, North Carolina: 3.5 percent
8.   Jacksonville, Florida: 3.4 percent
9.   San Francisco: 3.3 percent
10. Austin, Texas: 3.3 percent

Bottom 10

1.   Oklahoma City: -0.8 percent
2.   Houston: -0.3 percent
3.   New Orleans: -0.2 percent
4.   Pittsburgh: -0.1 percent
5.   Hartford, Connecticut: 0.2 percent
6.   Virginia Beach, Virginia: 0.6 percent
7.   Cleveland: 0.7 percent
8.   Birmingham, Alabama: 0.7 percent
9.   Buffalo, New York: 0.9 percent
10. Providence, Rhode Island: 0.9 percent

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