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.