The economic situation continues to improve for Denver and jobs (Click here).
A recent report from Business First of Buffalo ranked Denver 16th out of the top 100 metro areas in the nation in terms of job gains last year. The city added 7,900 private sector jobs, an increase of .78 percent, between December 2009 and December 2010.
This is good news for the Denver area, which lost 63,300 private sector jobs during the previous decade, ranking the city the 14th-worst in the nation. The city had 1,017,700 private sector jobs during December 2010, which was up from 1,009,800 during December 2009, but down from 1,081,000 during December 2000.
Of the 100 metro areas included in the report, 62 added private sector jobs last year. New York City saw the biggest increase in employment, adding 46,900 jobs over the year.
That was followed by Washington's addition of 41,800 jobs; Los Angeles's gain of 34,900 jobs; Phoenix's growth of 33,100 jobs; and Boston's addition of 31,800 jobs.
At the other end of the scale, 37 of the 100 metro areas lost jobs last year. Chicago experienced the biggest drop, losing 35,900 private sector jobs between December 2009 and December 2010.
That was followed by San Francisco's loss of 24,600 jobs; Sacramento's drop of 18,200 jobs; Detroit's decrease of 18,100 jobs; Kansas City's decline of 11,700 jobs; and Las Vegas's loss of 11,000 jobs.