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Higher Ed in the News

Top college metro areas for jobs

May 26, 2009

College towns are faring much better than other localities in the current economic climate, according to an analysis in Forbes. The magazine reported that while the total number of jobs in the United States decreased by 3.5 percent from March 2008 to March 2009, 62 college towns experienced job growth.

Research universities tend to be great environments for business -- they're flush with cheap, highly talented labor (recent grads), and universities have massive research and development budgets.

Provo, Utah, home of Brigham Young University, is first on Forbes list of best college towns for jobs.

There are also business booms in college towns like College Station, Texas (home to Texas A&M and up 2.06%); Baton Rouge, La. (up 2.16%), which Louisiana State calls home; and Durham, N.C. (up 2.49%), where Duke University have been a major driver of economic activity.

Fort Collins, home of Colorado State University, is ranked No. 15.

  • Percentage of workers in university jobs: 4.3%
  • Job growth since 2008: 1.51%

Data from Moody’s Economy.com.

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