(From St. George News) St. George ranks at the top of U.S. cities for job growth over the last five years, according to an online financial magazine.

24/7 Wall St. examined the job growth in 20 cities across the country between May 2014 and May 2019. During this time, St. George’s workforce grew 25.7%. This translated to an additional 15,000 jobs as mid-2019 saw over 74,000 people employed in Washington County versus the mid-2014’s figure of 59,000 residents employed.

The state continued to see job growth in June and July, according the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

While there has been employment gain across the board, a majority of those gains, according to 24/7 Wall St., have occurred in the trade, transportation and utility industries.

Unemployment in St. George was reported at around 2.9% while the national average was at 3.4%. Job growth across the nation over the last five years has risen by 7.3% with 224,000 jobs being added in June – 100,000 more than economists originally anticipated.

Employment in the cities 24/7 Wall St. examined rose between 16% and 25%, and noted those cities were entirely in the Southern and Western United States.

While St. George made the top of the list, it was followed by Bend-Redmond, Oregon; Reno, Nevada; the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin area of Tennessee; and Provo, Utah. Read full story here.