Pittsburgh tenth on job rankings list

Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pittsburgh was among 44 of the nation's biggest markets that added jobs in September, according to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pittsburgh ranked 10th in number of jobs created with 9,000 jobs or .91 percent added in September compared to September 2009. The bureau recorded 1,001,600 million private sector jobs for the region in September, up from 992,600 jobs for the same month in 2009.

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Pittsburgh has experienced a very stable labor market, and is working to attract and retain high-quality talent, including, young people. Talent attraction to our region can drive the economy. In fact, Pittsburgh has ranked in the top 10 for personal income growth. According to the Pittsburgh Business Times article, personal income has been on the rise in Pittsburgh over the past 25 years, so much so that a new study ranks it No. 6 among the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas in terms of income growth.

Portfolio.com, a national business news site affiliated with the Pittsburgh Business Times, examined federal income data covering the period from 1984 to 2009. The study focused on per capita income, a key indicator of earning power and economic vitality, and used a 25-part formula to create an overall score for income growth. Pittsburgh’s per capita income grew 212 percent in the 25 years from 1984 to 2009 and 22 percent in the five years from 2004 to 2009. Pittsburgh's per capita income in 2009 was $42,216.

Pittsburgh continues to climb rankings and improved its score on Moody's latest, of 60 commercial real estate markets during the third quarter, to move up from a tie for 10th place in the second quarter to a tie for fifth, according to Trib Total Media, Inc staff and wire reports. Pittsburgh ranked #1 in 2009 according to Moody’s Investors Services.

“These latest economic indicators bode well for the commercial real estate industry,” said Ralph Egerman, Principal of NAI Pittsburgh Commercial. “When organizations experience growth, they hire. As hiring opportunities improve, demand for office, warehouse and space of all types increase. Additionally; when employment trends upward, people have more disposal income which helps improve occupancy for all types of retail properties.”

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