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The Best Cities for Job Hunters

Workers on the prowl for new jobs are diligent about their due diligence . / Credit: Job search image via Shutterstock

People looking for work might want to head to Northern California or Texas, new research shows.

An analysis of labor market data by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists found that San Jose and San Francisco are among the 10 city areas with the highest  job growth rate in the country since 2010.  Meanwhile, Houston and Dallas head the list in the sheer number of  jobs added.

With nearly 64,000 jobs added over the last two years, San Jose and the surrounding areas of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara have seen job growth increase 7 percent, the most of any city. The Bay Area of San Francisco, Oakland and Fremont added more than 84,000 jobs, up 4 percent from 2010.

Of the other metropolitan areas in the top 10 for job growth:

  • Houston (including Sugar Land and Baytown, Texas) added 165,969 jobs, up 6 percent
  • Austin, Texas (including Round Rock and San Marcos) added 49,131 jobs, up 6 percent
  • Detroit (including Warren and Livonia, Mich.) added 92,407 jobs, up 5 percent
  • Salt Lake City added 34,137 jobs, up 5 percent
  • Oklahoma City added 28,992 jobs, up 5 percent
  • Raleigh, N.C. (including Cary) added 24,725 jobs, up 5 percent
  • Dallas (including Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas) added 128,644 jobs, up 4 percent
  • Phoenix (including Mesa and Glendale, Ariz.) added 81,606 jobs, up 4 percent

CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson said there is a close correlation between the top locations for job growth and the concentration of fast-growing industries in those markets.

"Technology hiring is a big contributor for growth in the Bay Area and Raleigh, while Texas cities, Oklahoma and Salt Lake are benefiting from strong oil and gas activity," Ferguson said. "The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top 10, while health care continues to thrive in Phoenix."

Overall, the research found that Internet publishing and broadcasting and Web search portals jobs have seen job growth increase by 30 percent since 2010, the most of any industry.

"Job creation in the U.S. is on an upward trajectory," Ferguson said. "While growth has been slower or stagnant in certain areas, there is a wide range of industries where the production of new jobs has accelerated."

Other specific industries in which job growth has increased by double digits with an addition of at least 20,000 jobs since 2010 are:

  • Drilling oil and gas wells: Added 21,970 jobs, up 29 percent
  • Electronic shopping: Added 25,327 jobs, up 23 percent
  • Crude petroleum and natural gas extraction: Added 32,715 jobs, up 21 percent
  • Temporary help services: Added 438,116 jobs, up 21 percent
  • Machine shops: Added 44,754 jobs, up 18 percent
  • Marketing consulting services: Added 27,113 jobs, up 13 percent
  • Computer systems design services: Added 88,740 jobs, up 12 percent
  • Local specialized freight trucking (except used goods): Added 22,936 jobs, up 11 percent
  • Home health care services: Added 116,360 jobs, up 10 percent

After major job losses during the recent recession, the study revealed a number of industries in which job growth has started to re-emerge. The resurgence is seen most among computer-controlled machine tool operators, an occupation with more workers now than in 2007. In addition, machinists, engine assemblers and other production jobs are getting close to pre-recession employment levels.

The research was based on data from more than 90 federal and state sources, including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau and state labor departments.

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Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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