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Survey: Chicagoland Lagged in Job Creation

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:10 p.m. CDT

By Paul Tooher

Job creation in Chicagoland was tepid at best in 2012-2013, according to a new economic survey released by Gallup.

Gallup's Job Creation Index score is based on the percentage of workers who say their employer is hiring and expanding its workforce as opposed to the percentage saying their employer is letting people go and reducing its workforce.

The Windy City ranked 32nd out of the 50 major metro areas survey by Gallup. According to the survey, 36.1 percent of workers in the Chicago metro area said their employer was adding workers, while 15.8 percent employees were being let go. Chicago’s job creation index stood at 20.3 as a result of those responses.

In 2011, 31 percent of workers told Gallup their company was laying off workers while 20 percent said their companies were expanding, for a job creation index rating of 11.

Houston had the highest job employment index at 32 for 2012-2013, with 44 percent of workers saying their employer was hiring and expanding, while 12 percent said their employer was letting people go and reducing in 2012-2013.

The nine other cities with the highest job creation index scores were Columbus, Ohio; Salt Lake City; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix; Louisville, Ky.; San Antonio; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; and Oklahoma City.

Charlotte saw the biggest increase in its job creation score between 2011 and 2012-2013, up from 13 points to 26, followed by Houston, Austin, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis.

San Diego had the lowest job creation index figure of 11.6, with 32.1 percent of workers saying their companies were expanding while 20.5 said their employer was letting people go.

Other metro areas with the lowest job creation index scores included New York City, Providence, R.I., Riverside, Calif., Sacramento, Calif., Los Angeles, Buffalo, N.Y., Jacksonville, Fla., Virginia Beach, Va.; and Miami.

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