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Springfield ranks among top cities for job growth

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Springfield has been listed third in a ranking of American cities by job growth from November 2010 to October. Researchers at financial news company 24/7 Wall St. LLC utilized data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine the rankings.

During the last year, employers added more than 3,610 jobs in Springfield, equating to roughly 5 percent job growth, according to a news release from the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Springfield Metropolitan Area grew at roughly the same rate, adding 9,459 jobs during the year.

The release cited expansions by John Deere Reman and Expedia and local companies HealthMedX and Digital Monitoring Products.

“This good news about Springfield’s job growth is another clear indicator that Missouri’s economy is continuing to move forward. Jim Anderson and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce are to be congratulated on this recognition of how their hard work in showcasing Springfield as a great place to live, work, and run a business is paying off," Gov. Jay Nixon said in a separate news release.

On the list by 24/7 Wall St., Springfield fell behind Pueblo, Colo., and Bakersfield, Calif., and tied for third with Fort Wayne, Ind.

Earlier this month, Greene County ranked No. 5 among midsize counties in the newly created Fourth Economy Community Index, which measures a community's ability to attract and retain modern investment.
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