The best cities for jobs in America

This year`s "best places for jobs" list is easily the most depressing since we began compiling our annual rankings almost a decade ago. In the past--even in bad years--there were always stalwart areas creating lots of new jobs. In 2007`s survey 283 out of 393 metros areas showed job growth, and those at the top were often growing employment by at least 5% to 6%. Last year the number dropped to 63. This year`s survey, measuring growth from January 2009 to January 2010, found only 13 metros with any growth.

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Mike Shires at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, who develops the survey, calls it "an awful year." Making it even worse, the source of new jobs in almost all areas were either government employment or highly taxpayer-funded sectors like education and health. This year`s best-performing regions were those that suffered the smallest losses in the private economy while bulking up on government steroids.

No. 1: Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas

2009 rank: 1
Overall rank (for big, mid-sized and small cities): 9
2009 overall rank: 6
Nonfarm employment change: -2.2%

No. 2: San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas

2009 rank: 3
Overall Rank: 12
2009 overall rank: 20
Nonfarm employment change: -2.5%

No. 3: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas

2009 rank: 2
Overall Rank: 21
2009 overall rank: 9
Nonfarm employment change: -3.7%

No. 4: Northern Virginia, Va.

2009 rank: 13
Overall Rank: 35
2009 overall rank: 84
Nonfarm employment change: -1.1%

No. 5: Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas

2009 rank: No. 5
Overall rank: 44
2009 overall rank: 32
Nonfarm employment change: -3.1%

No. 6: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va


2009 rank: 12
Overall rank: 47
2009 overall rank: 76
Nonfarm unemployment change: -1.5%

No. 7: Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas

2009 rank: 4
Overall rank: 49
2009 overall rank: 30
Nonfarm unemployment change: -3%

No. 8: Raleigh-Cary, N.C.

2009 rank: 8
Overall rank: 54
2009 overall rank: 38
Nonfarm employment change: -3.5%

No. 9: Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa

2009 rank: 11
Overall rank: 80
2009 overall rank: 72
Nonfarm employment change: -3%

No. 10: New York City, N.Y.

2009 rank: 14
Overall rank: 89
2009 overall rank: 95
Nonfarm employment change: -3.4%

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