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West Mich. named 'hottest summer jobs spot'

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Job seekers, you may be living in the best place in the country.

A new report has West Michigan as the "hottest summer jobs spot."

The Grand Rapids-Wyoming labor market came out on top, ranking first in the country for summer hiring.

Michigan as a whole actually ranks third, just behind North Dakota and Delaware.

This latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey interviewed employers in cities throughout the country.

Almost a third of employers in the Grand Rapids labor market say they plan to hire new workers this summer. Less than 5-percent plan to cut back on staff.

Those strong numbers boosted Grand Rapids the number one summer jobs slot, beating out other highly ranked cities like Dallas, Minneapolis and Charleston, South Carolina.

"Think about how far Michigan has come in just the last three years. Over a quarter million private sector jobs being created. Personal incomes coming back. For three quarters of last year we were number one. We're tied for first with the Great Lakes, number seven in our country. The labor force is growing again, people are encouraged enough to enter the labor market again after being discouraged for a decade," said Governor Rick Snyder.

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, job openings nationally are at the highest level in seven years.

The economy has finally replaced all jobs lost during the recession.

Employment seems to be most optimistic for people age 25 to 34 and 55 and over, with millions of jobs added in those age groups since the start of the recession in 2007.

West Michigan appears to be a hotspot for summer jobs.

If you're wondering what areas ranked worst, job hiring is bleakest in Miami, Sacramento, Saint Louis and Spokane.