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Lansing-East Lansing Region Moves Up in Rankings for “Best Cities for Jobs”

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Lansing-East Lansing region is now ranked 19th among medium-sized U.S. cities in Forbes Magazine’s May 2011 article on the “Best Cities for Jobs.”

The Lansing-East Lansing region notably jumped 49 spots from its 2010 ranking of 68th in the same category. The region is also notably ranked highest of the Michigan cities included in the study and was the only mid-sized city in the Great Lakes region to earn a nod.

The study, conducted by New Geography’s Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires, looks at employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported from November 1999 to January 2011. The rankings are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth and long term growth. Mid-sized cities/regions are defined as those with 150,000-450,000 jobs.

“I believe there are many reasons why the mid-Michigan region is experiencing job growth and will continue to do so,” said East Lansing City Manager Theodore Staton. “We have the privilege of hosting a world class university, which partners with area communities to spur growth in the knowledge-based job sector; and we are home to organizations such as the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Prima Civitas and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, which continue to promote our region on a global platform. Despite the region’s considerable economic challenges, this study shows that mid-Michigan has continued to move forward by expanding and diversifying its regional workforce.”

Visit to view the 2011 Best Cities Rankings in full. The article includes the researchers’ methodology. The New Geography article originally appeared in

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