Roanoke adds jobs, metropolitan territoryI'm somewhat skeptical of the fact that 48% of the job creation came in just one sector. But I'll take them at their word.
By Duncan Adams
The Roanoke metropolitan area added about 4,000 jobs between January 2004 and January 2005 and also added, for related numbers crunching, job data from the counties of Craig and Franklin.
Jobs in the Roanoke metro area grew during the 12-month period at a rate of 2.6 percent, which nearly equals the state's job growth rate of 2.8 percent and bests the national rate of 1.7 percent for the period.
For the Roanoke metro area, the sector that added the most jobs, about 1,900, was in private education/health care. Bill Mezger, chief economist for the Virginia Employment Commission, said those jobs primarily were in health and nursing services. (link)
2.6% annual job growth. Good beginning.