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Texas cities dominate list of top spots in U.S. for job growth

Texas cities dominate list of top spots in U.S. for job growth

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Dallas is one of seven cities in Texas noted for job growth. Courtesy photo
Austin, Texas, skyline, downtown
Forbes ranked Austin No. 1 in the country for job growth through 2015.  Ed Schipul/Flickr
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According to Forbes, Houston ranks third in the nation for job growth. Photo by Jim Olive/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Austin, Texas, skyline, downtown
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Once again, Texas dominates another national list. According to Forbes, Texas is leading the charge for job growth in America. Of the 10 best cities for future job growth through 2015, seven are in Texas.

Austin, McAllen, Houston and Fort Worth take the top four positions, respectively. Ocala, Florida, lands at No. 5, followed by Santa Cruz, California, and Salt Lake City. The final three spots go to Dallas, Laredo and Brownsville.

  Austin, Houston, Fort Worth and Dallas are all among the best cities in America for job growth.  

Austin earned No. 1 status thanks to an annual job growth of 4 percent, a median income just under $60,000, and an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent, while also wooing companies like Facebook, Apple, AT&T and, of course, Google Fiber.

The energy industry is still top dog in Texas, with cities such as Fort Worth and Houston reaping the benefits. Brownsville and McAllen can thank manufacturing for their rapid growth.

There is, however, an income disparity between cities in Texas. Although Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston have median incomes between $55,000 and $60,000, they are significantly lower in McAllen, Laredo and Brownsville, both of which cap out in the mid-30s.

Whether it's a big city or a burgeoning town, one thing is clear: Texas is poised for serious growth.