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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:

- Staff writer

Cogenra Solar's 75kW solar cogeneration array is delivering hot water and electricity to the General Hydroponics manufacturing facility in Santa Rosa, Calif., in this 2011 photo. Santa Rosa depends on a mix of industries – from high tech to tourism – to buoy its economy. (Business Wire/File)

7. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.: +5.3 percent

Santa Rosa is the largest of the Top 10 job-growth metros – and one of the most diversified. Industries range from agriculture to biotech. The metro has a vibrant tourism sector and serves as a gateway to California's wine country. It also sports a strong entrepreneurial sector. The employment spurt in the area has been led by construction, up 10.5 percent over the past year, and manufacturing, up 7.1 percent. 


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