Even though the U.S. economy is picking up, not every region is enjoying the same type of growth.
The economy has by now recovered the 8.7 million jobs lost between late 2007 and early 2010, while on average slightly more than 220,000 new jobs have been created each month during the past year.
While that's good news, the fact is that not every city is enjoying it. According to a new report from CareerBuilder, some cities are outpacing the nation's job creation rate, while others are falling behind. Those that are stagnating might encounter problems if employers or workers view the locations as less desirable, although CareerBuilder noted that growth rates can change from year to year.
"Anytime you see a slowdown or stagnation in job growth, it can affect how employers and job seekers perceive the market," said Jennifer Grasz, a spokeswoman for CareerBuilder. Faster-growing cities, on the other hand, may reflect that "employers are confident about their financial situation and prospects. Companies are investing in headcount to grow their business, which will ultimately help to fuel expansion in the local economy."
The research, from CareerBuilder and economic-analysis firm Emsi, considered total job growth across industries for America's 150 most populous cities from 2014 to 2015. The cities' actual job growth was then compared with what would have been expected for that area based on national job growth trends.
Read on to find out which cities are pulling ahead with creating new jobs, and which are falling behind.