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Nashville job growth
Nashville job growth

It isn't just singer-songwriters who are flocking to Nashville these days. So are engineers and nurses, accountants and developers, dental assistants and robot-designers. The country music capital led the nation in job growth last year, according to revised data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and reported by The City Paper. The formerly sleepy Southern town is now the nation's brightest spot of opportunity.

Between 2011 and 2012, the Nashville metro area experienced job growth of 3.9 percent, more than any other metro area with a population of more than 1 million. Nashville's music industry -- the second largest in the country after New York's -- employs thousands, but that's not what's powering the boom. Rather, it's the city's flourishing health care sector, and a wave of companies that have packed up their headquarters and moved to the Tennessee capital.