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Tucson's job growth no longer 3rd in U.S.

Metro Tucson had the third highest job growth in the nation — for one month.

The region acquired those bragging rights after Bloomberg reported in August that Tucson came in third among metro areas (with populations of 500,000 or more) for having the highest job growth for the previous month, year over year.

Tucson had 4.2 percent growth, according to July numbers reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and ranked by San Francisco economist Jed Kolko, who now works for job search firm @indeed.

But employment numbers bounce around from month to month. Tucson's year-over-year job growth in August was 2.3 percent, which knocked it out of Kolko's top 10. He did not calculate a new ranking for Tucson.

Tucson gained 8,200 jobs over the year and tied with Phoenix for second place in the state, according to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity. Prescott was number one.

The Ogden-Clearfield metro area in Utah was ranked first both times. 

Kolko's latest list:

  1. Ogden-Clearfield, Utah, 4.6%
  2. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.., 4.6%
  3. Provo-Orem, Utah, 4.5%
  4. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla., 4.4%
  5. Boise City, Idaho, 4.3%
  6. Jacksonville, Fla., 3.8%
  7. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash., 3.7%
  8. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., 3.6%
  9. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn., 3.6%
  10. Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wa., 3.5%
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