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Holland-Grand Haven Market Makes Leaps in Survey

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LOS ANGELES (WHTC) - What was once one of America’s worst cities for jobs is now one of America’s best.

In the “Best Cities for Jobs 2012” survey by a joint venture of Joel Kotkin and Praxis Strategy Group, the Holland-Grand Haven market rose what they called a “remarkable” 202 places, from being a “perennial cellar dweller” to 19th on the list of small-sized cities. Posted on the California-based website www.newgeography.com, the poll indicated that the Lakeshore benefitted from the expansion of the manufacturing sector nationwide to three times the rate of overall GDP, a development that Kotkin called “most encouraging.”

The Holland-Grand Haven growth was mirrored in other markets across Michigan, as Grand Rapids, Bay City, Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Muskegon-NortonShores and Jacksons aw their rankings in the survey rise by triple digits. However, despite the growth in Michigan, there are still some constants in the survey, as Detroit’s 62nd ranking among large-sized cities is third worst from the bottom.