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Top 25 Best American Cities for Jobs

These may be far from the best of times, but they are no longer the worst. Last year’s annual “Best Cities for Jobs” list was by far the most dismal since we began compiling our rankings almost five years ago. Between 2009 and 2010, only 13 of 397 metropolitan areas experienced any growth at all. For this year’s list, which measured job growth in the period between January 2010 and January 2011, most of the best-performing areas experienced actual employment increases — even if they were modest.

The survey reveals that the metropolitan area with the most optimistic forecast of all for hiring this fall is San Antonio, Texas, and there’s also the good news that employers in 45 states expect the bleak employment picture to perk up. In fact, hiring managers in dozens of metropolitan areas anticipate considerable increases in hiring, while others present a darker forecast.

To compile the 2007 city rankings, five data categories have been used by the US Department of Labor, Money Magazine, AT&T, US News and World Reports, Forbes, Kiplinger, and a number of leading Employment Professionals

These categories including Unemployment Rate, Job Growth, Income Growth, Median Household Income, And Cost Of Living. The largest 100 metropolitan areas of America were measured for these data, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Top 25 Best American Cities for Jobs

  1. Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
  2. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.
  3. Jacksonville, Fla.
  4. Orlando-Kissimmee, Fla.
  5. Washington, D.C.
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah
  7. Honolulu, Hawaii
  8. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
  9. Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL
  10. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA
  11. Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick MD
  12. Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice FL
  13. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
  14. Richmond VA
  15. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.
  16. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.
  17. Little Rock-North Little Rock, Ark.
  18. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  19. Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, Calif.
  20. Tucson, Ariz.
  21. Oklahoma City, OK
  22. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
  23. Austin-Round Rock TX
  24. Albuquerque NM
  25. Sacramento CA

As America struggles with a weak economic recovery, opportunities abound across the geography of the states—even in places where it seems bleakest like California, Nevada and Florida. If old industrial areas can stage the glimmers of a comeback, along with over-taxed and over-regulated Gotham, and greater New Orleans can rise from the near dead, these areas, with generally newer infrastructure and attractive climates, might be next to experience a resurgence of their own.

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