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Large Cities 2017

Raleigh, NC MSA

Overall Rank: 2      Population: 1,302,946

Raleigh, NC, climbs four spots to rank second. The region has experienced strong job and wage growth in recent years, and short-term job gains indicate that economic momentum remains strong. In the 12 months ending in August 2017, the rate at which new positions were created in Raleigh was 2 percent higher than the U.S. average.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 15  29  25  17  18  22  101.91 
1-yr Job Growth2 25  24  28  22  17  20  107.93 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 20  30  37  13  12  10  103.35 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 24  60  29  21  44  13  109.35 
Short-Term Job Growth5 51  131  68  48  102.09% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 94  44  23  38  22  94  100.81 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 66  17  70  57  12  19  118.17 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 25  16  11  10  10  2.03 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 17  10  12.0 

2016-2017 Growth Comparison (by score)