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Old 07-12-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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[SIZE=2]By Kelsey Watts, KTVZ.COM
Some positive economic news - for a change - as Deschutes County (the Bend metro area, as federally defined) is named one of the only metro areas in the entire country with job growth forecast in the coming year.
The surprising and very welcome news was collected by the economic consulting firm, Moody's Economy. And as USA Today reports, the Bend area is forecast to see a job growth rate of 1.1 percent over the next year.
That number doesn't sound like much, but it's the fifth-highest rate in the entire country, as the vast majority of metro areas are expected to see more job declines.
Across the U.S., there are only 15 metro areas with flat, or positive job growth expected, and only five with numbers greater than 1 percent.
That Bend is one of them is a little surprising to regional economist Carolyn Eagan.
"I think that it indicates that in some sectors, we may have seen the majority of our job loss, and that the only way we have to go is up, if ever so slowly," Eagan explained Thursday.
Using the interactive map compiled on News, Travel, Weather, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, U.S. & World - USATODAY.com, you can search by state, or by metro area. There are about 400 areas ranked in all, and if you click on Bend, which includes all of Deschutes County, this list shows there are only four places in the entire country with a higher forecast job growth than us.
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Old 07-12-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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Thats a pretty sick looking map.
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