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3. New York

Net Job Creation: 135,000

Most of the state’s job creation came from two sectors, offsetting declines in several others (information, construction, government, manufacturing). Despite sub- par overall economic growth, New York was one of several states to benefit from a later-than-usual bounce in service jobs. Payrolls in New York City rose 2.4 percent in the past 12 months, fifth best among the state’s top metro areas. The city has been experiencing a wave of IT startups, such as Foursquare and Tumblr, which have been generating jobs.

Professional & Business Services: 58,500
Education & Health Services: 33,800
Trade, Transportation, Utilities: 21,700

Pictured: Business team looking at the New York City skyline.

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