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Who’s Hiring? Top 6 Cities for Jobs

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Who’s Hiring? Top 6 Cities for Jobs

Texas continues to be an emerging hot spot for jobs in the U.S. Metros in that state take up four of the top six best cities for jobs cited in a recent Forbes analysis.

Meanwhile, a shift in employment has moved out some traditional players from the top spots. For example, Washington, D.C., which was ranked No. 5 last year on the list, has fallen completely out of the top 15 as one of the best places for jobs — the first time in four years. 

“Employment growth has moved away from the public sector to private business,” Forbes notes. More than half of the 398 metro areas studied showed a decrease in the number of government and public-sector jobs while private-sector jobs showed an increase.

The three employment sectors showing some of biggest job gains are in energy, technology, and manufacturing, according to Forbes’ analysis, which provided rankings of metro areas based on recent growth trends as well as projected long-term growth trends.

Of large U.S. metro areas, the top spots for jobs this year are: 

  1. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
  2. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
  3. Salt Lake City, Utah
  4. Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Metropolitan Division
  5. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. 
  6. Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas Metropolitan Division

View the complete list of hot job market cities at Forbes.

Source: “The Best Cities for Jobs,” Forbes (May 7, 2012)