[Source: G. Scott Thomas, Phoenix Business Journal] — Not all parts of the national economy are struggling. Hiring continues in the fields of education and health services, which have added nearly a quarter-million jobs in the nation’s 100 biggest labor markets since the middle of last year. But the Phoenix area ranked next-to-last among all the metros, losing 1,600 education and health jobs over the same time period.
The New York City area has been the biggest gainer, according to a Business Journal analysis of midyear employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The area gained 34,200 education and health jobs between June 2008 and the same month this year The 100 markets, taken as a group, have added 232,600 jobs in the fields of education and health since mid-2008, a gain of 1.8 percent. Richmond, Va., registered the sharpest gain in percentage terms, with a one-year increase of 10.0 percent in education and health-services employment. It’s followed by gains of 6.6 percent in Dallas-Fort Worth and 6.4 percent in Indianapolis.
Upswings in the two fields have been broadly based. Eighty-seven of the top 100 markets boosted their totals of education and health jobs between 2008 and 2009. Five were unchanged, and eight suffered losses. [Note: Read the full article at Phoenix ranks next-to-last in health, education job growth.]