Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Wallet Hub: Texas Cities “Impressive Pack of Bountiful Job Markets”

Monday, March 10, 2014  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Texas cities dominated Wallet Hub's recent ranking of the best U.S. cities for jobs, with five Texas cities listed in the top 10. Fort Worth was recognized as the top city for job seekers. Arlington ranked fourth, Dallas fifth, Austin sixth, Houston 10th. Corpus Christi nearly cracked the top ten, ranking 12th on the list.

"Texas' flourishing economic climate and thriving jobs market continues to receive national attention thanks to our commitment to low taxes, predictable regulations and fair courts," Gov. Perry said. "Combined with our world-class skilled workforce ready to take on any need an employer may have, job creators around the country know that Texas is the best state to start and grow a business."

Taking into account job openings per capita, employment growth, income tax burden, cost of living and other metrics, Wallet Hub analyzed relative employment opportunities in large U.S. cities to demonstrate where the strongest job markets and greatest prospects for long-term financial security can be found.

"The leader of the Lone Star State's impressive pack of bountiful job markets, Fort Worth boasts the nation's fifth fastest-falling unemployment rate, the fourth largest proportion of full-time employees, and the second most affordable housing," Wallet Hub said.

The Lone Star State continues to set a national example for job creation and economic growth. The most recent jobs data from the Texas Workforce Commission shows Texas added nearly 34,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent, its lowest since November 2008. In addition, Site Selection Magazine recently awarded Texas its 2013 Governor's Cup, the fifth time the Lone Star State has received the award under Gov. Rick Perry's leadership. The award is given annually to the state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities announced over the year.

To view Wallet Hub's report, please visit: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-jobs/2173/.

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