Local jobs: Top five cities leading the turnaround
4. Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, S.C. – down 2.2 percentage points
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this upstate South Carolina area is known for its historic farmers market (started in the 1920s) and its zoo, which has three rare Amur leopard cubs. Its economy is starting to grow, too. In the year since February 2010, the metro area added some 5,500 professional and business service jobs. The unemployment rate has dropped from 10.7 percent to 8.5 percent.