Nationwide hiring picked up in December, with U.S. employers adding around 2.3 million jobs in 2017. That figure grew the country’s job base 1.6%, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Among U.S. metropolitan areas, nine of the top 10 metros from November returned to the list for December, but several changed places. New York, Dallas, Boston and Atlanta retained the top four spots, although Dallas and Atlanta experienced significant declines in total jobs gained compared to last year – down 41,600 and 34,700 positions, respectively. Those four markets, in addition to #5 Los Angeles, each made Amazon’s short list for HQ2. In an analysis of the remaining contenders, RealPage recently ranked Dallas and Atlanta among the three apartment markets best positioned for Amazon.
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