Why Recent Job Gains May Stick This Time

The U.S. job market’s recent improvement has some economists wondering if
2012 will break from last year’s pattern of strong job growth in the winter
followed by a slowing in the spring and summer.

One reason for optimism is that job growth has spread to more of the nation’s
largest metro areas—divisions bigger than cities that can include several

According to data from the government and Moody’s Analytics, 82 of the 100
biggest metro areas saw year-over-year job growth through December. That is up
from 71 metro areas with an increase through December 2010.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal.