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Forbes ranks Houston No. 2 best big city for jobs

Posted on May 14, 2012 in

By: Olivia Pulsinelli

Forbes has ranked the Houston metropolitan statistical area No. 2 on its list of the best big cities for jobs.

With year-over-year employment growth of 3.3 percent, the Houston area moved up one spot from No. 3 on last year’s list. When looking at all-sized cities, Forbes ranks the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA No. 8 overall.

Forbes based its rankings on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from November 2000 to January 2012, including factors such as recent growth trends, mid-term growth, long-term growth and the region’s momentum.

Other Texas cities ranked highly, as well. Austin leads the big cities list for the second year in a row and is ranked No. 5 overall. The Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan division ranked No. 4 on the big cities list, up from No. 15 last year, and No. 37 overall. The Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan division ranked No. 6 on the big cities list — jumping from No. 39 last year — and No. 5 overall.

“The strong growth of the energy sector, and Texas, is even more evident in our overall ranking, which includes many small and medium-sized metropolitan areas,” Forbes wrote. “The top 10 fastest growers overall include such energy-centric places as” No. 1 Odessa, No. 2 Midland, No. 6 Corpus Christi and No. 7 San Angelo.