NewGeography.com has ranked the city of Springfield 42nd in a field of 234 small cities for best in job growth. In its latest survey, Springfield came out ahead of such communities as Rochester, Minnesota, Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. NewGeography.com is a website devoted to analyzing and discussing the places where people live and work.
“We have always felt that Springfield offers attractive employment opportunities, especially in the medical and hospitality industries,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “The medical sector of the economy will only increase in opportunity as the Medical District continues to expand. Likewise, tourism has been fueling an increase in activities within the hospitality industry.”
“Being ranked 42 out of 234 comparable cities for best cities for job growth is certainly a feather in our cap,” Davlin added.
In identifying the methodology they used for the 2010 rankings New Geography said it emphasized the robustness of a region's growth both recently and over time. The rankings include all of the metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports monthly employment data.