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Job hunting? You may want to mess with Texas

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 11:16 a.m. CDT

By Jacqueline Shannon

If you’re having trouble finding a satisfying, high-paying job in Chicago, you might want to head to Texas. The Lone Star State crushed the rest of the country in Forbes magazine’s most recent ranking of America’s “Best Cities for Good Jobs.”

Five of the top 10 cities are in Texas. The Big D came in first, with 2.1 percent job growth last year. It’s forecasted to continue racking up new jobs at 2.8 percent annually through 2019.

“The explanation is we have an incredibly diversified economy,” Bernard Weinstein, director of the McGuire Energy Institute, told Forbes. The Institute is located at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “As the national economy improves, we’re getting better.”

Most future job growth is expected to be in the energy, healthcare, and financial service sectors.

The rest of the top 10, in order are, Houston (No. 2), Austin, Fort Worth, Emerald City, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Denver, San Francisco and Salt Lake City.

Forbes used data from Moody’s Analytics to build the list, ranking the 100 largest metropolitan areas. Factors taken into consideration were current (or recent) and expected per-capita income and job growth plus the unemployment rate.

Chicagoland may not have made this list, but it gets high marks in another one. Statistics released by job-search engine site Indeed.com put Chicago at No. 7 for cities that are hiring computer science grads, according to GeekWire.

Chicago was the only Midwestern city to crack the top 10 list. It was bested by Washington, D.C., San Jose, New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle. Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Dallas scored lower than Chicago and complete the top 10.

There are more than 1,000 digital tech companies in Chicago, according to Built in Chicago, a local online community for techies, with a new startup launching every 48 hours. A whopping 512 new tech companies debuted in Chicago between 2007 and the middle of 2012, the website says.

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