This is the fourth year that The Wall Street Journal and Moody’s have done this kind of number-crunching. It is the latest evidence of the region’s amazing rebound of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The assessment ranked metro areas by five factors, using 2021 data:
- unemployment rate
- labor force participation rate
- job growth
- labor force growth
- wage growth
After Austin and No. 2 Nashville, the other top-6 metros were Raleigh; Salt Lake City; Jacksonville, Florida; and Atlanta.
“The strong labor demand is good for workers,” The Wall Street Journal writes, “but challenging employers to find staff in an array of sectors.”