Colorado among top states with best current, future job growth

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 7:27am.

According to the National Association of Realtors, Colorado continues to rank high when it comes to job growth, whether it’s current, future or jobs for college graduates.

Of the 80 percent of 372 metros the government tracks that have more jobs this year than one year ago, Colorado ranks sixth, according to the most recent statistics.

North Dakota remains the leader for job growth, with oil and gas drilling proving to be a big boon for the state.

The following states posted the most job growth in the past year:

The NAR is also reporting, based on information from HIS Global Insight, that the Western region – of which Colorado is a part - leads the nation in job growth, benefiting from a strengthening housing market and bustling energy and technology sectors. Colorado is listed among the seven of the 10 states with the fastest - growing job markets this year that are in the west; the others are North Dakota, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Oregon.

IHS reports that Colorado and Utah are seeing an increase in oil and natural gas drilling as well as becoming budding high-tech centers which are fueling job growth.

And as if that wasn’t enough recognition, WalletHub, a personal finance social network, named Denver the No. 2 best city for young college grads to start a career, according to the NAR. WalletHub factored in 18 metrics in its analysis of the 150 largest U.S. cities, including the number of entry-level jobs per capita and median starting salaries.

Washington, D.C., took the top slot in its analysis, while Irving, Texas, came in third.

Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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