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Columbus, Georgia, Southern Cities Top Survey of Best Cities for Job Growth

Colombus, Georgia ranks high for new job growth, according to research from Manpower.

Colombus, Georgia ranks high for new job growth, according to Manpower Research.

Southern cities dominate a recent survey of regional hiring trends.

“Of the 25 cities where the most businesses will expand hiring next quarter, 23 are located south of the Mason-Dixon line,” according to a new survey by Manpower Research and reported by the Christian Science Monitor.

One of the highest ranking Southern cities on the Manpower list is Colombus, Georgia, where banking and insurance jobs in Columbus, Ga., have been powered largely by AFLAC.

Columbus’s bright outlook comes from a confluence of strong economic trends, says Lee Snider, a research analyst at the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce. One community economic mainstay, insurance company AFLAC, has been adding employees, Mr. Snider says… Couple that with the outside infusion of a Kia Motors plant that pushed its first vehicle off the line last month and the opening of a factory making ATMs for NCR Corp., and “that’s a pretty good plateful,” Snider says.

San Antonio, Texas is another city slated for job growth with 19 percent of companies expanding jobs with four other metro areas in the state–Dallas, Austin, Houston, and El Paso–expecting to hire,

The only two cities north of the Mason-Dixon line that are in the Top 25 of hiring expectations are No. 13 Duluth, Minn., (17 percent) and No. 25 Hartford, Conn., at 15 percent.

(Image of Heritage Park, Colombus, GA by samchase via Flickr cc 3.0)

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