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Forbes Magazine recently named Grand Rapids, Michigan as one of the top 10 U.S. cities to find employment. The ranking was based on variables including the diversity of industries in each city, cost of living, size range of companies offering employment and resident level of education. The information that Forbes used specific to Grand Rapids includes:

– Overall Unemployment: 6.6% (February 2013)
– Top Industries Hiring: Healthcare, Financial Services, Skilled Labor, Education, IT, Engineering
– Skills/Jobs in Demand: Information Specialists, Manufacturing, Administrative, Skilled Laborers

The list was compiled by employee solutions company Adecco and puts Grand Rapids fourth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment in the Grand Rapids/Wyoming area is now at 6.6% and has been as low as 5.5% in the last six months. Just as of March, the Grand Rapids/Wyoming metro area had the largest population growth among Michigan metros according to new census data.

“The downtown economy is flourishing and this is bringing a lot of growth to surrounding areas as well,” states Amy Marshall, Managing Partner at Grand Rapids-based staffing solution company Management Business Solutions. Marshall says her firm has seen growth in a variety of industries in the last year including engineering, IT, and healthcare and other areas such as marketing, human resources and manufacturing. “We hope to see the trend continue as Grand Rapids continues to grow and truly be the heart of West Michigan, states Marshall.”

Shannon Burkel, Vice President of Sales for Axios Incorporated, a locally owned, privately held organization headquartered in Grand Rapids, is not surprised by the Forbes selection. “Our company helped 1,473 west Michigan employees land permanent employment in 2012,” states Burkel. “Our customers are rapidly growing and we are excited about helping create new jobs each day.”

There were 395,500 jobs in Grand Rapids, Michigan in January 2013 according to the CES survey of employers. The CES survey of households showed 362,807 employed persons for the month. Grand Rapids added 8,500 jobs in January 2013 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,124.

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