The states included in the employment report on this quadrant are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Jobs now open: 551,000

Highest unemployment rates:
(National average as of Dec. 2009: 10 percent)
1. Detroit 15.4 percent
2. Chicago 10.3 percent
3. Cincinnati 9.5 percent
4. Cleveland 9 percent
5. Columbus, Ohio 8.5 percent
6. Milwaukee 8.2 percent
7. Minneapolis 7 percent
Existing jobs:
The BLS lists the following cities as those with the most people working, also known as the labor force:
1. Chicago 4,342,620
2. Detroit 1,758,970
3. Minneapolis 1,722,840
4. Cleveland 1,007,750
5. Cincinnati 1,006,920
6. Columbus, Ohio 924,370
7. Indianapolis 882,310
8. Milwaukee 810,290
Poised for growth — experts’ picks:
Indianapolis: “Some of the metro areas that seem to already be improving include ones with transportation and warehousing-heavy economies, such as St. Louis and Indianapolis.” — Sophia Koropeckj, managing director for Moody’s Economy.com
Kansas City, Mo.: “Kansas City benefits from a diverse economy that goes beyond an agricultural state including aviation, transportation and energy.” — Allison Nawoj, spokeswoman for employment Web site CareerBuilder.com.
St. Louis: “Some of the metro areas that seem to already be improving include ones with transportation and warehousing-heavy economies, such as St. Louis and Indianapolis.” — Sophia Koropeckj, managing director for Moody’s Economy.com
Future job growth:
Midwest cities likely to see the most job growth (by percentage) over the next two years according to Moody’s Economy.com:
1. Minneapolis 1.6 percent
2. Columbus, Ohio 1.4 percent
3. Kansas City, Mo. 1.2 percent
4. St. Louis 1.2 percent
5. Indianapolis 0.7 percent
6. Cincinnati 0.6 percent
7. Chicago 0.6 percent
Top cities for jobs today:
Monster.com lists these Midwest cities as those with the most online help wanted ads posted: Cleveland, Minneapolis and Indianapolis.

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