Texas cities have emerged the champions of
jobs growth, dominating Forbes’ ranking of the nation’s 398 metropolitan areas
for their employment prospects.

 

The Texas cities grabbed a dozen spots among
the top 10 in three different categories – large, mid-size and small cities.

 

Austin – together with Round Rock and San
Marcos – logged strong growth in manufacturing, technology-related employment
and business services to top the ranking of the 65 largest metropolitan areas.
Houston placed second, Fort Worth fourth and Dallas-Plano-Irving sixth.

 

Among mid-size cities, Corpus Christi was
ranked second, followed by McAllen-Edinburg-Mission and El Paso.

 

Among small cities, Texas earned five spots
in the top 10. Odessa topped the list, followed by Midland at second spot. San
Angelo was fourth, Lubbock was ninth and Laredo was 10th.

 

“Energy-rich Texas cities dominate our
list – the state has added some 200,000 generally high-paying oil and gas jobs
over the past decade – but Texas is also leading in industrial job growth,
technology and services,” Forbes said.

 

Forbes said it found that, Instead of
government, the big drivers of growth now “appear to be three basic sectors:
energy, technology and, most welcome all, manufacturing.”

 

Consequently, Forbes noted, Washington, D.C.
did not make the list for the first time. Also falling off the rankings were
Bethesda, Rockville and Frederick, all in Maryland.

 

To determine the best cities for jobs, Forbes
ranked all 398 current metropolitan statistical areas based on employment data
from the Bureau of Labor Statistics covering November 2000 through January
2012. Rankings are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth, long-term
growth and the region’s momentum, the magazine said.

 

The following are the Texan cities that
figure in the Top 10 in three categories of cities, along with their rankings
and key employment growth numbers:

 

Big Size Cities

 

No. 1: Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos

2011 Rank: 1st

2012 Overall Rank: 5th

Employment Growth (non-farm, year-on-year):
2.2%

 

No. 2: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown

2011 Rank: 3rd

2012 Overall Rank: 8th

Employment Growth (year-on-year): 3.3%

 

No. 4: Fort Worth-Arlington

2011 Rank: 15th

2012 Overall Rank: 37th

Employment Growth (year-on-year): 2.7%

 

No. 6: Dallas-Plano-Irving

2011 Rank: 5th

2012 Overall Rank: 39th

Employment Growth (year-on-year): 1.9%

 

Mid Size Cities

 

No. 2: Corpus Christi

2011 Rank: 2nd

2012 Overall Rank: 6th

Employment Growth (year-on-year): 4.1%

 

No. 3: McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

2011 Rank: 6th

2012 Overall Rank: 20th

Employment Growth (year-on-year): 3.8%

 

No. 4: El Paso

2011 Rank: 1st

2012 Overall Rank: 27th

Employment Growth (year-on-year): 1.0%

 

Small cities

 

No. 1: Odessa

2011 Rank: 8th

2012 Overall Rank: 1st

Employment Growth (non-farm, year-on-year):
9.5%

 

No. 2: Midland

2011 Rank: 4th

2012 Overall Rank: 2nd

Employment Growth (year-on-year): 6.3%

 

No. 4: San Angelo

2011 Rank: 23rd

2012 Overall Rank: 7th

Employment Growth (year-on-year): 4.3%

 

No. 9: Lubbock

2011 Rank: 74th

2012 Overall Rank: 13th

Employment Growth (year-on-year): 2.8%

 

No. 10: Laredo

2011 Rank: 56th

2012 Overall Rank: 14th

Employment Growth (year-on-year): 5.6%

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