Jobs Boom in Cities Where People Obsessively Network

An employee at the LinkedIn headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Jobs were added to the economy fastest in cities where LinkedIn users have dense webs of connections, a new study finds. From 2010 to 2014, the “most-connected metro regions had more than double the job growth of the least-connected metro areas,” says the study, which was commissioned by LinkedIn and carried out by Michael Mandel, president of South Mountain Economics. (Disclosure: Mandel was chief economist at BusinessWeek, Bloomberg Businessweek’s predecessor publication.)

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