Land of Employment
For those looking for a job, the Lone Star State is fertile stomping ground. In a new WalletHub report on the best and worst cities for job seekers, Texas was dubbed the top state to pound the pavement.
Using metrics like cost of living and job openings per capita, the WalletHub survey analyzed employment opportunities in 60 of the largest U.S. cities. Texas came out a winner, claiming half of the top 10 slots.
The survey praised No. 1 Fort Worth's falling unemployment rate and its affordable housing.
Fort Worth earned a No. 1 ranking as the best overall city to find a job, while Arlington (No. 4), Dallas (No. 5), Austin (No. 6) and Houston (No. 10) all represented the Lone Star State well.
In designating Cow Town the No. 1 city for job seekers, WalletHub praised Fort Worth's falling unemployment rate (fifth highest in U.S.) and its affordable housing (second highest in the U.S.).
"Such dynamics, combined with the lack of either a state or local income tax for which Texas is renowned, are enough to make up for middle-of-the pack rankings when it comes to industry variety, healthcare coverage and the percentage of the workforce living below the poverty line," the survey reads.
Dallas also gets a mention for its respectable fifth-place ranking. "Dallas’ employment landscape is the envy of all but four major cities in the U.S., and considering the economic rollercoaster that the past few years have taken us on, that’s certainly something to be proud of," the survey reads.
Other Texas cities making the list include Corpus Christi (No. 12) and San Antonio (No. 23). The survey wasn't all Lone Star State lust, though. California cities like Fresno and San Jose beat out Texas locales for fastest-growing workforce and highest-median salary.