September 5th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Want a job? Move to the city

Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 257 of the 372 metropolitan areas surveyed by the Labor Department. Ninety-four areas had higher unemployment rates and 21 were unchanged from a year ago.

For non-farm payroll employment only, 232 metropolitan areas increased the number of jobs, while 133 decreased and seven saw no change. See if your community was among those with more total jobs here, and more non-farm employment here.

Are cities the main jobs generator for a sustained recovery? Economics writer Ryan Avent has a new ebook, The Gated City, arguing just that point. His solution is to increase affordable housing in urban areas to stimulate innovation, productivity and employment.

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Topics: Ideas • Jobs • United States

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  1. Tommy Jensen

    Mr. Zakaria, GPS is the best examination of current events on TV. Period. When you express an opinion you make sure your audience knows it is YOUR opinion, your take. When you have guests you ask them questions and actually allow them to ANSWER! Somehow you manage to do all this, dealing with a very scary world, and make the experience very pleasant for the viewer. So many other Sunday/Current Events/Commentary shows could take a page from your book. My wife and I watch your show every week; we record your show in case we miss it live. Thanks for bringing a breath of fresh air to cable news.
    I'm not sure why I always feel a need to add this to my comments, but FYI, our demographic is old, retired white people. Keep up the great work!

    September 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    "Are cities the main jobs generator for a sustained recovery?"
    It depends on what skills an individual has! White collar workforces are attracted to cities and service personal likewise. The best solution to overcrowding in urban areas is to avoid concentration of activities in just a few megacities. People and enviroment benefit from living in middle-sized cities – a better life quality and a urban/rural distribution of population.

    September 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply

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