Arizona is at the top of the list when it comes to metro-area job growth, according to a recent report.
The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area had the largest rate of nonfarm job growth for metro markets with a workforce of more than 1 million, according to Blue Chip Job Growth, published by the Bank One Economic Outlook Center at the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University last month.
The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area gained 97,800 jobs from April 2005 to April 2006, a 5.5 percent gain. That data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Tracy Clark, associate director of the Bank One Economic Outlook Center, said this is good news for job seekers.
“For many of the sectors that people do work in, there are still jobs being created and there are more jobs being created here than in other parts of the country,” Clark said. “We’re having new companies move in. We’re having companies already here expand.”
The job growth isn’t in every niche sector. And someone seeking a job may not have quite the right skills and experience, but in general, there are opportunities.
“I think we are meeting the job needs of those who have a reasonably high level of employability and we’re certainly creating enough jobs to continue our population growth. The vast majority who move here voluntarily (not children) are working-age people who move here because of a job,” he said.
One example of growth is at the Scottsdale Airpark area, which has more than 49,000 workers, making it one of the largest areas of employment in the Valley.
“Scottsdale has become one of the largest business centers in the state with a growing base of knowledge workers. The attraction of a quality workforce to Scottsdale is paramount in our planning for the future and our support for education,” Rick Kidder, President & CEO, Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, said.
The most recent projections available show the fastest growing job fields in Arizona are in healthcare, according to data by the Department of Labor Statistics.
Expanding jobs include: Emergency medical technicians and paramedics, medical assistants and physicians’ assistants, and respiratory therapy technicians.
Clark expects growth to continue in the metro Phoenix area, but perhaps at a slower pace due to a slowing economy.
“But we would also expect this metropolitan area will continue to be among the fastest growing even though the rate of growth may be slowing with the national economy,” he said.