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Employment increased for all large metropolitan areas over the last 25 years 


May 05, 2016
Over the last 25 years, Austin-Round Rock, Texas, and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, had the largest percentage increase in employment (144 percent) among metropolitan areas with a Census 2010 population of 1 million or more. Other areas where employment more than doubled from March 1991 to March 2016 were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida, and Raleigh, North Carolina. There were no large areas with a decrease in employment over that period. Full Text »
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  1. In 2014, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota were the states with the highest employment–population ratios, all above __________.

    • 72 percent
    • 70 percent
    • 68 percent
    • 66 percent

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