The first map, above, shows the rate growth of high-wage jobs by metro. Austin tops the list with 11 percent growth. Four metros saw 8 percent growth in high-wage jobs: Salt Lake City, Raleigh-Cary, Houston and Dallas. Five others experienced 7 percent growth: San Jose, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Nashville and Denver.
Las Vegas saw a 6 percent loss and Sacramento a 4 percent loss in their respective high-wage sectors, performing the worst of these major metro areas. Philadelphia, Buffalo and Hartford also had negative growth rates for high-wage jobs, meaning their high-wage sector lost ground over the course of the recovery.