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Raleigh, NC MSA

Overall Rank: 6      Population: 1,335,000

Raleigh, NC, stays strong this year, coming in sixth after a shining performance in last year’s index at second place. High-tech industries continue to anchor Raleigh’s economy by contributing to job and wage growth in the metro, as Raleigh comes in eighth for five-year (2012-17) high-tech GDP growth. Overall job and wage growth remain strong in both the fiveand one-year time periods ending 2017.

Metro's Performance in Each Index Component

Component 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Score/
Value
5-yr Job Growth1 29  25  17  18  22  23  107.32 
1-yr Job Growth2 24  28  22  17  20  25  101.03 
5-yr Wages & Salaries Growth3 30  37  13  12  10  13  110.20 
1-yr Wages & Salaries Growth4 60  29  21  44  13  11  103.49 
Short-Term Job Growth5 131  68  48  29  101.34% 
5-yr Relative HT GDP Growth6 44  23  38  22  94  123.63 
1-yr Relative HT GDP Growth7 17  70  57  12  19  63  100.56 
High-Tech GDP LQ8 16  11  10  10  2.04 
# of HT GDP LQs Over 19 10  12.0 

2017-2018 Growth Comparison (by score)