The Best Cities for Jobs 2012
Joel Kotkin and Michael Shires released their annual ranking of best cities for jobs today with the results published in both Forbes and NewGeography.com. Texas cities dominated the rankings among the largest cities with four of the top six. Austin earned the top spot followed by Houston (2), Fort-Worth (4) and Dallas (6). The Energy industry played a big role in Texas job growth but the state has also added jobs in manufacturing, technology and business services.
This year’s rankings use four measures of growth to rank all 398 metro areas for which full data sets were available from the past 10 years. “Large” areas include those with a current nonfarm employment base of at least 450,000 jobs. “Midsize” areas range from 150,000 to 450,000 jobs. “Small” areas have as many as 150,000 jobs.