Detroit, GR make ‘superstar’ list for growth in employment

LANSING—In Reuters’ recent ranking of 378 metropolitan areas by how their share of national employment changed from 2010 to 2017, Grand Rapids and Detroit are recognized among the top 20 “superstar” metro areas nationwide, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced.

Fully 40 percent of the new jobs generated nationally during that time went to the top 20 places, along with a similar share of the additional wages, according to the analysis by national publication Reuters.

In addition to its economic strengths, Grand Rapids also received accolades recently in Business Facilities, where it was named the top mid-sized city in the country for economic growth potential as well as being called out as home to the hottest zip code in America, according to

Business Facilities attributed the region’s success to the growing sectors of manufacturing, life sciences and information technology, as well as recent expansion projects by employers including Bissell Inc. and Dicastal North America.

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