November 3, 2014
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Seattle is eighth in nation for cities adding jobs; Washington is ninth nationally

Seattle is eighth in the nation when it comes to the pace at which it is creating jobs, according to a new study. The Emerald City has grown 2.6 percent, jobwise, since the beginning of the year. It's tied with San Francisco for growth in major markets. Orlando, Florida, leads with 3.6 percent growth this year.

Washington is tied with California at No. 9 for job growth this year. Both are up 2.2 percent. North Dakota is tops in the nation with 4.6 percent growth, thanks to oil and gas production.

The Puget Sound Business Journal has more on the story.



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