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This is an archived article published in July 2003
Cities, the engines of the US
economy, record low growth
By Josh Fecht

During a meeting of US mayors in New York to map out a policy strategy for the 2004 Presidential campaign, The US Conference of Mayors issued the second annual metro economies report demonstrating that the engines of the US economy, its metro areas, are showing early signs of recovery.

However, Mayors voiced concern that the economy is still not generating jobs at a sufficient level for US workers. The report contains data on each of the nation’s 319 metro areas, including 2002 and 2003 employment growth figures. According to the report, compiled by Global Insights Inc, US metros in 2002 accounted for 85.6 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) the same as 2001 thus proving that metro areas are still the engines driving the nation’s economy. In 2002, US metro jobs shrank by 1.0 per cent, documenting the failure of the economy last year to create jobs even when it was recovering.

However, the report forecasts that US metros will grow by 2.1 per cent in 2003, and projects a 3.4 per cent growth in 2004. The report’s long-term forecast calls on metros to continue to increase their share of the national economy, growing to 87.3 per cent over the coming 25 years.

Between 1992 and 2002, metro economies grew from 84.5 per cent to 85.6 per cent of GDP. At a meeting convened by the Conference’s former President, Mayor James Garner of Hempstead, New York, the Mayors documented that in order for the national economy to experience robust growth, its US metro areas must return to their economic health that fuelled the economy during the past decade. "We are hopeful that the early signs of economic recovery in our metro areas will gain momentum into next year, and our report gives us reason for optimism," Mayor Garner said. "But jobs are still a concern for us, we still have anaemic job growth that we are watching very closely," he added.

Of the nation’s 319 metro areas, 294 grew in inflation-adjusted dollars in 2002 but only 43 per cent grew faster than the national average. In total, US metros only grew by 1.8 per cent after inflation in 2002, while the national economy grew at a 2.4 per cent rate.

The report highlights how US metro areas compete internationally in the global market place with nations. Of the world’s largest economies 48 are US metro areas. Because of the sluggishness of the economy, several metros slipped in their international ranking. New York fell one spot, becoming the 14th largest world economy, (surpassed by Brazil), Los Angeles-Long Beach moved from 15th to 16th; and Washington DC slipped one spot as Argentina fell below it and both Belgium and Sweden climbed several steps.

"This is a stubborn economy and we’ve been fooled by it before, but we know that as the engines of the economy, our metro areas are going to have to lead us into long-term growth," said Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Chair of the Council for Investment in the New American City, who released the report. "Contrary to popular belief, it's not the economy of the 50 states that drives this nation. It's the 319 metro economies - made up of cities - that are the strength of this nation," added Tom Cochran, Executive Director of the US Conference of Mayors.

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