The nation's unemployment rate currently stands at 4.9%, down from 10% in 2009, and American business have created 14 million new jobs in the past six years.
According to Voice of America reporter Dora Mekouar, most of those jobs have been concentrated on the East and West Coats. The site's map shows that California created the most jobs between 2014 and 2015, adding 464,200, while New York saw the biggest increase in job creation for a metropolitan area with 156,400. Los Angeles followed with 135,100 jobs and the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas was third with 98,900 jobs.
Nationwide, unemployment rates dropped in 47 states and the District of Columbia in 2015, while increasing in two states, and remaining unchanged in one state, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also showed job growth in 280 of the 386 metropolitan areas. But critics point out that, while employers are hiring, many of the jobs are in the retail and service sectors. Those jobs are not as secure as many manufacturing and white collar jobs, nor do they pay as much. In fact, while the latest U.S. unemployment report said the economy added 242,000 jobs, average hourly wages declined.