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Are you in job search mode or thinking about getting a better job as one of your New Year’s Resolutions?  According to usa.gov, you just listed resolution #5 in the most popular list.  2015 can be a great time to job hunt, depending on where you live.  According to the National Association for Business Economics, nonfarm employment will grow by nearly 220,000 jobs per month while unemployment will fall to 5.4 percent by the fourth quarter.  For the original NABE study, click here. 

We’ve always known that Texas is a great place to live and work.  In a new study, 2015 Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job, Wallethub looked at the top 150 most populated cities in the U.S.  The great news is that 16 Texas cities are listed in that top 150 in the country.  So, here’s the list of the best places in Texas to look for a job.  Want to see both the good and the bad?  Click here to view the complete study. 

Top Texas Cities for Job Hunting

Ready for the countdown?

Rank

City

133

Brownsville

117

El Paso

94

Laredo

78

San Antonio

57

Corpus Christi

47

Amarillo

46

Houston

45

Lubbock

40

Garland

37

Austin

30

Grand Prairie

29

Arlington

26

Dallas

16

Fort Worth

12

Irving

10

Plano

 Notable Texas Rankings

Lowest Unemployment Rate for High School Graduates

     

    1.  Laredo

    2.  Corpus Christi

      4.  Amarillo and Sioux Falls, SD tied for #4.

      Lowest Unemployment Rate for Bachelor Degree of Higher

      2.    Lubbock 2

      3.    Laredo; Oklahoma City, OK; and Peoria, AZ tied for #3.

      Highest Median Annual Income (Adjusted for Cost of Living)

      1. Plano

      Highest Housing Affordability

      1. Corpus Christi

      2. Plano

      And One Negative

      Only one city in Texas appeared in the lists on the down side of this study.  In the “Lowest Monthly Median Starting Salary”, Laredo come in at #148.

      Methodology

      To find the best and worst job markets in the U.S., WalletHub analyzed the 150 most populated cities across two key dimensions, namely “Job Market” and “Socioeconomic Environment.” We assigned a heavier weight to the former as these factors most heavily influence a job seeker’s decision in terms of relocation for employment. We then identified 16 metrics that are relevant to those dimensions.  To see the data set and the corresponding weight for each metric click here  

      What Does Job Hunting Have to Do With Insurance?

      Glad you asked.  Any time you are in transition – job transition, retirement, having a child, getting a divorce, or the death of a spouse – is a good time to review your coverage.  While it may not be at the top of your “To Do” list, we believe that taking about an hour to talk with us will be very valuable to you and your peace of mind.  We are only a phone call away.

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