The past week or so, I've been tracking where new jobs will be created in America. Today, I look at the sector of the economy that accounts for the largest share of all jobs - the service class. More than 60 million American workers do this kind of low-skill, low-wage, routine service work, making up 45 percent of the work force. These service class jobs are projected to make up more than roughly half of all projected new jobs out to 2018 - 7.1 million new jobs, including 835,000 projected new home health and personal care aides, 400,000 new customer service positions, 400,000 new food preparation workers, and 375,000 new retail sales clerks.
The map above plots the growth in service class jobs across U.S. metros. The biggest gainers are the biggest regions. Greater New York again tops the list with more than 285,000 projected new service class jobs, followed by Los Angeles (192,364), Chicago (174,704), Houston (111,727), Atlanta (106,132), Greater Washington, D.C. (96,857), Philadelphia (96,133), Phoenix (94,189), Minneapolis (85,694), and Dallas (85,521).
But job growth is a function of population size; it's expected that large regions will dominate the list of the biggest job generators. So, the next map plots the projected percentage change in service class jobs for U.S. metros. Two Texas metros - Brownsville (11.8 percent) and McAllen (11.6 percent) - top this list, followed by Rochester, MN (11.5 percent), Duluth, MN (11.4 percent), Alexandria, LA (11.3 percent), Vineland, NJ (11.1 percent), Greenville, NC (11 percent), Hickory, NC (11 percent), Waterbury, CT (11 percent), and Atlantic City, NJ (11 percent).