Forbes Ranks Austin No.1 Best Big City for Jobs

SOURCE: Olivia Pulsinelli, Web producer, Houston Business Journal

Forbes has ranked the Austin metropolitan statistical area No. 1 on its list of the best big cities for jobs.

Employment grew 2.2 percent year-over-year as Austin retained the top spot from last year’s list. When looking at all-sized cities, Forbes ranks the Austin area No. 5 overall.

Forbes based its rankings on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from November 2000 to January 2012, including factors such as recent growth trends, mid-term growth, long-term growth and the region’s momentum.

Austin "has logged strong growth in manufacturing, technology-related employment and business services," Forbes wrote.

Other Texas cities ranked highly, as well. Houston took the second spot on the list, rising from the No. 3 spot last year. The Fort Worth metropolitan area ranked No. 4 on the big cities list, up from No. 15 last year, and the Dallas metropolitan division ranked No. 6 on the big cities list — jumping from No. 39 last year.