Good news for cities still suffering from the recession: All but three of the nation’s 363 metro areas will add jobs this year, up from 241 last year. This according to an economic index published by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The laggards are Odessa and Midland, Tex., and Carson City, Nev., which are the only metro areas projected to lose jobs in 2012.
The big winner is a bit of a surprise: Florida, which has been especially hard-hit by the economic downturn. For years, hiring has been anemic, unemployment remains near record highs, and real estate prices are still dragging. (Check out this Miami Herald Economic Time Machine, which tracks 60 indicators of the local economy.)