Seattle: the Comeback Kid

Population: 3,407,848
Unemployment rate today: 9.3%
Forecast job growth for 2011: 2.1%

KIPLINGERS: Clean technology, health care, hospitality and information technology will lift employment in the Seattle area by more than 2%, following a recession hit of nearly 8%.

Boeing is adding to its workforce each month and electric utility Seattle City Light’s energy efficiency program, aimed at businesses and homes throughout the city, will create about 1,000 jobs by increasing local contractors’ business.

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