Best & Worst Job Prospects Among Biggest Cities

If you’re looking for a job, look West and South—and overlook a few places along the way.

San Jose, CA, and San Antonio, TX, top the list of cities with the best job growth.

New Orleans, LA, and Richmond, VA are among the places to avoid along the way.

Some things to keep in mind as you look:

  • Technology companies are creating most of the opportunity in places like San Jose.
  • Oil and energy-related companies are hurting right now, which explains some of the weakness in places like New Orleans and Houston.
  • Tourist markets such as Orlando, FL, are creating jobs as travel and entertainment industries grow.
  • Places that depend on military and government jobs, such as Virginia-Beach-Norfolk, remain difficult job markets.

For a full list of the top 50 job markets ranked by recent job growth, go here.

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