The Fort Wayne area showed strong job growth in a newly released study.
The Milken Institute, a nonprofit think tank, ranked the Fort Wayne metropolitan statistical area 13th in job growth between May 2011 and May 2012 among 200 large metro areas.
Overall, Fort Wayne rose to No. 59 in the group's “Best-Performing Cities” index, improving by 68 spots from its previous ranking of No. 127. The index is based on growth in jobs, wages and high-tech industries.
Fort Wayne's metro area includes Allen, Whitley and Wells counties. Its No. 59 ranking puts it eight spots behind the Indianapolis-Carmel area, which came in at No. 51.
In 2011, employers in the Fort Wayne metro area added 2,474 jobs, according to an annual report compiled by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. The 2012 report is not available yet, said Courtney Tritch, a spokeswoman for the partnership.