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Large Cities 2017

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSA

Overall Rank: 6      Population: 788,457

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL, gains twenty places to rank 6th. The region tops the chart in 12-month job growth, beating out economic powerhouses around the country. Though the region is largely a tourist destination and retiree haven, high-tech industry output has been growing recently, signaling some success in the area’s push to diversify its industry profile and thus improving resilience.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1     132  20  14  102.05 
1-yr Job Growth2     13  112.19 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3     199  171  71  15  102.96 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4     86  19  17  22  105.79 
Short-Term Job Growth5     90  72  103.24% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6     83  37  19  26  105.29 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7     38  31  38  13  122.60 
High-Tech GDP LQ8     137  135  130  119  0.65 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19     163  114  115  97  4.0 

2016-2017 Growth Comparison (by score)