Hottest Markets for Talent Acquisition in 2022

January 6, 2022
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Author: Mallory Vachon, Ph.D., Sr. Economist

Job loss and recovery have been uneven across geographies. Some of the largest markets in the country were hit particularly hard by pandemic job losses in 2020 and those made significant progress in 2021. Other than Dallas and Atlanta, these markets still remain well-below pre-pandemic employment levels. Talent acquisition professionals in these metros will be hard at work placing candidates. And businesses will need to focus on retention, so their employees don’t get poached to another locale.

Job Gains

The four metros expected to add the most jobs in 2022: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth, are also the four largest metros by population. Their projected job gains are over 880,000 - one in four jobs added nationally will be in these top markets.

Top Markets for Job Gains 2022

Job Growth

Job gains for larger markets play an out-sized role in the national recovery and economy. But job growth as a share of population can shed light on relative improvements for some smaller markets, and for larger markets that show big improvements.

The top markets for job growth should expect to see 4% increases in employment over the course of 2022, adding a combined 845,000 jobs. Nationally, job growth in 2022 is expected to be just over 2%. Places like Las Vegas, Honolulu, Myrtle Beach and Orlando that saw huge drops in tourism should add more jobs as travel, especially business travel, start to pick up.

Notably, New York and Chicago are also projected to see major job growth relative to their populations. These metros were hit hard by the pandemic. As office workers went remote, and some even relocated permanently from the city center, the businesses supporting them - like coffee shops, restaurants and bars - weren’t in high demand.

Hot Markets 2022 for Job Growth in 2022