The Gallup Job Creation Index shows that in 2015, 42% of Americans nationally reported increases in jobs where they worked for an index score of +30. Gallup staffer Jeffrey M. Jones explains how the index is crafted and how Orlando is creating jobs, leading the nation with a score of +45.

Despite the majority of the major metro having above-average index scores, some like Hartford (index score +21) are falling behind the national average. However, the 50 largest metros in aggregate saw significant growth from last year:

As the U.S. job market has improved in recent years, almost all large metro areas -- including those that trail others in worker reports of hiring activity -- have seen gains in the Job Creation Index. All but eight of the 50 largest metro areas had higher Job Creation Index scores in 2015 than in 2014. Las Vegas showed the greatest improvement, surging from +21 to +35.

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