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Top 10 metros for job growth

Some metropolitan areas have a booming jobs market, thanks to energy, manufacturing, or sometimes just the right mix of highly diversified industries. Here's a look at the 10 metros that have seen the largest percentage increase in jobs over the past 12 months:

8. Manhattan, Kan.: +5.2 percent

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    Tailgaters fill the fields around Bill Snyder Family Stadium before an NCAA college football game between Oklahoma State and Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., in November 2012. The university is the largest employer in town and has served as a magnet for biotech research grants that have boosted employment.
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Manhattan is home to Kansas State University, which is the largest employer in this college town. Much of the metro area’s job growth stems from the university connection. In September, the US Commerce Department announced a $458,000 grant to the Kansas Wheat Commission to expand biotechnology research into wheat, in conjunction with Kansas State’s own wheat biotech facilities. The grant is expected to create 50 new jobs. A federal anti-terrorism biotech lab under construction should add 250 to 350 employees when it opens in 2014.

Housing sales are on track to rise nearly 13 percent this year and, with 3 percent growth projected next year, hit a record high, according to a recent university report. New home construction is on track to grow 26 percent this year.

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