Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ten Best Places to Find a Job and Why You Should Consider These Cities

The Fiscal Times has ranked the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. by the rate of new job generation over the past 12 months, compared to the number of jobs they had in September 2010.

Here's the list.

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It shouldn't be surprising that the San Jose area and Houston and Dallas are on the list. New Fed money is clearly flowing into San Jose/Silicon Valley, as well as in Texas because of climbing oil prices. Some of the other cities may come as surprises, but if you are looking to cut into a tough field, say investment banking, you might find a second-tier city with a local brokerage firm an interesting alternative. These cities aren't NYC, but they may be good cities to cut your teeth in. As Gary North writes, even Regis Philbin had to leave Los Angeles for a second tier city to polish his skills. The model worked real well for Regis, it just may for you, whatever your desired profession.


  1. Mr. Wenzel,

    Since this list only focused on large metro areas, it missed the areas with the most dynamic job creation. For instance, any area associated with the shale oil and gas boom is desperate for skilled and unskilled labor. For jobs in North Dakota see:

    I wrote a blog post about new oil and gas discoveries in Neb/Wy/Co/SD: http://thinkingmachineblog.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/shale-gas-and-oil-a-gamechanger/

    There are shale gas/oil jobs available in Pennsylvania: http://seekingalpha.com/article/291156-in-10-years-this-state-will-produce-25-of-america-s-natural-gas

    Although our current economic mess should not be underestimated, there is some hope for those who are seeking productive employment.

  2. A note about Fort Wayne Indiana - This is known within the industry as the magnet wire capital of the world. Magnet wire is used in a large percentage of consumer devices, as well as the automotive, aerospace, medical, and military industries. A general rise in production across the economy will correlate with a general rise in magnet wire production. Expect this trend to follow the general economy.

  3. Edit - meant "of North America" not "of the world".