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Study: Upstate cities among best for jobs, wages

Staff Report
Published Jan. 29, 2013

The Greenville and Spartanburg metropolitan statistical areas ranked among the 200 Best-Performing Large Cities for job and earnings growth by the Milken Institute.

The two Upstate cities were among the biggest movers on the annual list, with Greenville jumping 61 spots to No. 52 and Spartanburg 73 spots to No. 108.

Additionally, Anderson made the list of best-performing small cities at No. 127.

In calculating the rankings, the institute considered short- and long-term job growth, earnings increases and number of high-tech industries with strong growth potential. Spartanburg was No. 2 in the country for growth in high-tech gross domestic product, Milken said. Anderson was No. 10 in that category among small cities.

“These numbers illustrate the vitality of our region’s urban areas,” Hal Johnson, president and CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance, said in a news release. “Our largest cities are being recognized for both their quality-of-life and the quality of their leadership. This recognition is one of the facts that helps us sell the Upstate to the rest of the world as a great place to live and work. It’s nice when someone else reinforces our message.”

Other South Carolina metro areas made the list of large cities also. Charleston ranked No. 9 and was among the top five cities for growth in high-tech gross domestic product. Columbia ranked No. 129, down 14 spots.

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Milken is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute focused on social and economic advancement.