Forbes has ranked all 398 current metropolitan statistical areas based on employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from November 2002 through January 2014, and Nashville ranks among the top cities in the nation for job growth.
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn. ranked sixth on the list, with 823,000 jobs in 2013, and a job growth of 3.0 percent in 2013 (9.7 percent from 2008-2013).
The top-ranked area was San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., with 982,000 jobs in 2013, and a job growth of 4.3 percent in 2013 (8.1 percent from 2008-2013).
Rankings are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth, long-term growth and the region’s momentum.
Other areas in the list include Houston; Raleigh, N.C.; Austin, Texas; San Francisco; New York City; Orlando, Fla.; and Denver.
Nashville was also recently listed among the fastest-growing cities, thanks to a robust healthcare industry, its signature music industry, a growing tech industry and a reasonable cost of living.
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