Ten Best Cities for Job Opportunities

It’s no secret that finding a job in this economy is tough. But did you know that where you live may also factor in to how successful you are in landing employment? Many people know that certain housing markets have been more affected by the current economic crisis, but many fail to realize that these same areas have also been hit hard in the job sector as well. Businessweek and Moody’s has collaborated to bring you the top ten hottest job markets in the nation.

1. Mount Vernon, Washington

Because of its snuggly closeness to Seattle, Mount Vernon was an easy choice for the number one spot for easy to locate jobs. Located a mere 60 miles from the city most noted for its annual rainfall and contribution of grunge to the music scene and a robust job market, Mount Vernon is a town that offers the quiet and solitude and low cost of living of rural life with the convenience of proximity for a city weekend getaway.

2. Huntsville, Alabama

Believe it or not, Huntsville is one of two hot spots in Alabama picked for its robust job market. Huntsville’s main claim to fame is its involvement with NASA and being home to the world-famous Space Camp. But, this city’s main reason for job growth stems now from the addition of 10,000 jobs due to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) operation going on at the Redstone Arsenal.

3. McAllen, Texas

Texas is, hands down, the place to go for jobs. McAllen is the first of four cities on this year’s hot job cities thanks mostly to affluent Mexican citizens immigrating and settling here. Since Texas managed to avoid most of the housing bubble crisis, construction is booming here as well.

4. Brownsville, Texas

The Port of Brownsville is an international seaport, one of the few in the United States. One of the key indicators of a strengthening native currency is the country’s ability to import and export goods, which are one of the reasons Brownsville has moved high up on this year’s top ten.

5. Auburn, Alabama

The second entry from Alabama, Auburn’s job market is dominated by Auburn University, the largest employer in this mostly college town. As a matter of fact, Auburn University may have single handedly protected Auburn, AL from succumbing to the recession in years past. With their NCAA Football Championship, they have even more money for jobs in 2011.

6. Lawrence, Kansas

Another college town to make it to the list, Lawrence is home to the University of Kansas and is quickly becoming the place to be, thanks to its progressive and cultural offerings.

7. Dallas, Texas

DallasDallas hasn’t skipped a beat since the rocky days of the recession began. Still a busy and profitable city, Dallas is a great choice to relocate to in order to find work. Major corporations like J.C. Penney, ExxonMobile, as well as many large trucking firms have their main headquarters located there, meaning that there are many shoes (or, boots!) to fill here.

8. Laredo, Texas

Laredo is well known for its high volume international trading port with Mexico. Because of its close location to the Mexican border, it is experiencing a large population growth and is a great place to find work.

9. Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces is another college town that has experienced a huge boom to its employment opportunities, thanks in part to the availability of jobs through New Mexico State University but also the relative ease in starting your own home business here.

10. Billings, Montana

Rounding out the top ten is Billings. The largest town in Montana, Billings one of the most diverse job markets, fueled by a variety of industries from agriculture to education.

Would you be willing to move to find a job?

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  1. this is such a helpful list! thanks for posting!

  2. I’m from the Pacific Northwest so I’d stick to Mount Vernon, WA over any of those options.

  3. Well…….at least things look good in Texas.