Among best cities in Texas for job seekers

The Lone Star state has had a good year for employment. The annual growth rate is around 3%, up from 2.8% last year. Construction is expected to be a major industry force through the end of the year, and most other industries have reported consistent job growth in recent months. Texas’s low cost of living and diversity of employment opportunities make it an obvious choice if you’re looking for a job.

Ranked number ten by Nerdwallet.com, Plano is the most populous city in the top ten and is also the ninth most populous city in Texas. It is consistently rated as a great place to live and is home to many companies in finance, technology, medicine and software. Robot Entertainment and McAfee have offices in Plano, and major employers include Bank of America Home Loans, Capital One and the Medical Center of Plano. Plano’s unemployment rate was 5.5% as of April 2013.

The best cities for job seekers was found by analyzing U.S. Census data based on these questions:

1. Is the city growing? Assessed population growth of those 16 and over to ensure that the city is attracting workers.

2. Do people earn high salaries? Included median income in the calculation.

3. Are most people employed? Looked at the unemployment rate.

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