The Gulf Coast (aka Third Coast) and Inland West regions of the United States are projected to see the strongest percentage increases in jobs over the next decade, according to a forecast by

The forecast, which compares the nation’s seven major regions and three “quasi-independent” city-states, says the Third Coast, which is expected to see job growth of 15.5 percent between now and 2023, has “come out of the recession stronger than virtually any other region,” buoyed by the energy industry and trade with Latin America. This region also has a “concentration of energy jobs five times the national rate, and those jobs have an average annual salary of $100,000,” according to Economic Modeling Specialists International.

The Inland West, the majority of which covers the Rocky Mountain states, posted the strongest job growth in the country between 2003 and 2013, at nearly 8 percent, and is projected to grow another 14.6 percent by 2023. Notably strong cities in this region include Boise, Denver and Salt Lake City, whose impressive employment growth has been attributed to the energy boom and growth in technology.

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