As economic conditions in the country improve, it is not enough to quote national statistics and vague data. Tangible, localized measures often paint a much clearer picture of the recovery across the nation. And one of the best is new jobs growth.
Between November 2010 and October 2011, the biggest cities in the country by population added 443,446 jobs. Unemployment in these 250 cities dropped by 7 percent, on average, during the period. Of course, some cities are faring much better than others.