The Fiscal Times Names Fort Wayne #1 for Job Growth

By Scott Sarvay

November 4, 2011 Updated Nov 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The city of Fort Wayne got quite a distinction Friday, being named the #1 place to find a job in the entire country.

Mayor Tom Henry made the announcement Friday at a press conference for Frontier Communications.

A 1-year-old publication called "the Fiscal Times" ranked Fort Wayne first based on its 3.9-percent job growth rate.

The publication listed high military spending and the auto bailout as a boost to the economy. General Motors and Vera Bradley's new jobs were also factors.

Mayor Henry says, “To be ranked #1 is unbelievable, we're down to 8.1-percent unemployment rate, which is obviously lower than the state and lower than the country's. We've increased our workforce 3.9-percent, so it's a good day for the city of Fort Wayne.”

The mayor made that announcement as Frontier Communications announced the creation of 60 new full-time jobs, 35 of those positions are already filled.

The company said the area's strong work force was a key reason the company decided to expand here.

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