Durham-Chapel Hill Area Amidst Best Size Cities for Jobs

"Home to Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, more than 43,000 college undergrads and grad students populate the city. Since 2003, jobs in the education sector have swelled by 28.8%, now numbering 57,300. Between 2007 and 2008, the region saw 0.4% job growth, a figure that was largely due to an 8% increase in government-sector jobs. A daily newspaper in Durham, the Herald-Sun, reported April 3 that the county had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state. 'The worst effects of the recession have been slower to reach our area," it wrote, "buffered as we are by a large number of jobs in usually recession-proof areas such as education and medicine ...'"

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