It’s no shock to learn that Texas was recently named the Top State for Business 2012, according to CNBC’s sixth-annual study. The Lone Star state, while by no means immune to the economic rollercoaster of the last four years, has and continues to do better than much of the rest of the country.
In addition to being a good place for business, in many cases it’s also a good place to look for work. Forbes recently did a study to determine the top 10 best small and mid-sized cities for jobs in the country, and not surprisingly 8 of the top 20 are cities in Texas.
The methodology Forbes used to make these determinations was: they ranked all 398 current metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) based on employment data from BLS from November 2000 through January 2012. Rankings were based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth, long-term growth, and each region’s economic size and momentum. Then, to rank cities based on size:
- For small cities they looked at the 242 MSAs that had less than 150,000 jobs.
- For mid-sized cities they looked at the 91 MSAs that had between 150,000 and 450,000 jobs.
Following are their lists. And to see what jobs are available in these areas in WorkInTexas.com, just click on the Texas city name.
- Odessa, Texas
- Midland, Texas
- Columbus, Indiana
- San Angelo, Texas
- Blacksburg, Virginia
- Casper, New York
- Williamsport, Pennsylvania
- Glens Falls, New York
- Lubbock, Texas
- Laredo, Texas