Thursday, September 19, 2013

Forbes’ Best Cities to Work in 2013

Written By Lauren Lind 

For those who have already graduated or will this upcoming year, Forbes has gathered a list of the Top 10 best Cities to work in. If you want to stay in Colorado, you are lucky because Denver made the list coming in at number nine. The rankings were based on short, medium and long-term employment performance, and take into account both growth and momentum — whether growth is slowing or accelerating. They say that right now their list is comprised of metro areas that are adding higher-wage jobs thanks to America’s two big boom sectors: technology and energy. Listed below are their winning cities. To see their post click here.

1.San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division
2. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN
3. Salt Lake City, UT
4. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division
5. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
6. Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division
7. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
8. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC
9. Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
10. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX

What makes these cities so great? The percentage job growth in all of these cities have been gradually gone up since 2008. Don’t worry if you’re not specifically in the technology or energy industries. Nashville was number two on the list and according to Forbes, “reflects the power of economic diversity coupled with ample cultural amenities, pro-business policies and a mild climate. Nashville’s 3.8% expansion in employment last year, and 7% growth since 2008, has been propelled by business services, education and health. There’s also been a recent recovery in manufacturing, up over 9% last year, as well as retail and wholesale trade.”

Cities that were seen as some of the worst places to find jobs in 2013 include Newark-Union, N.J., Saint Louis, MO-IL, Cleveland-Elyria- Mentor, Ohio, and Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA.  A major reason they were seen as not good was due to the fact that they are long suffering industrial cities. Check out job opportunities in the top cities and join the increasing employment rate in the US.

Contributors: Joel Kotkin and Mike Shires with Forbes