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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)
5. Columbus, Ohio
The BLS lists the following cities as those with the most people working, also known as the labor force:
6. Columbus, Ohio
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:
2. Columbus, Ohio
3. Kansas City, Mo.
4. St. Louis
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.