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San Diego Ranked as Top 10 City for Job Growth in 2015

San Diego, California was ranked as one of the top 10 cities for job growth in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten cities on the list have experienced the strongest non-agricultural job growth over the first three quarters of 2015. Overall, projections from the study show that the U.S. could add as many as three million jobs this year—a 2.2% monthly average job growth. San Diego tied for eighth place with Denver and Portland with a 3.1% job growth for 2015. San Diego’s growth beat out overall California growth, which was up just 3.0% for the year.

Unlike in prior years, the energy sector was not the source for the job growth according to Forbes. The main job growth drivers were construction and health care. Three other California cities also made the list. San Jose ranked first in job growth at 5.5% for the year, followed by Riverside at 3.9%, and San Francisco at 3.3%. For the business schools that call San Diego home, this job growth can only be a good thing. It brings new opportunities to the area and revitalizes the economy. For MBA candidates in San Diego, this means more opportunities.

The career services at the University of San Diego School of Business Administration focuses on helping students, faculty, alumni, and employers strengthen recruiting opportunities for Full-Time and Professional MBA students. Recent USD MBA employers include Amazon, Bank of America, Salesforce, and Intel. In 2013, USD MBA graduates had an 83% employment rate just three months after graduation, and that percentage rate should only increase as job growth increases.

Other top job growth cities on the list included Orlando, Dallas, Seattle, and Atlanta. The top state for employment growth overall was Utah, at 4.1%, followed closely by Washington and Florida at 3.5%. The worst states were Mississippi, Nebraska, and West Virginia each grew less than 1% for the year—West Virginia even experienced negative growth.

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