Six lucky states have already surpassed previous peak levels: North Dakota, Alaska, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New York. And much as everyone in this region might wish for a job market that's hopping in 2013 rather than a year or two years from now, it could be worse: Nevada, Michigan, and Rhode Island are expected to be the last to recover, in 2018 or later.
If you build it . . .
Pennsylvania nearly won a beauty pageant held by those whose business it is to find new sites for companies relocating or expanding.
Site Selection magazine said the Keystone State, with 430 projects in 2012, finished behind Texas, which had a whopping 761 projects, and Ohio with 491.
Deals for manufacturers and other employers are tracked by Conway Data Inc. Those in commercial real estate and economic development pay close attention to the rankings.
Interestingly, most of Pennsylvania's projects came from manufacturing, while 194 were for operations such as offices, distribution centers, and R&D centers.
And where were those deals struck? Well, 126 of them were destined for Pittsburgh, which ranked sixth nationally, and 124 for Philadelphia, ranked seventh. (If you guessed Houston was No. 1 among big metro areas, give yourself a lone star.)
It was the second straight year Pennsylvania was ranked third, and the Corbett administration was quick to break out the "We're No. 3" foam fingers.
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