Texas continues to be an emerging hot spot for jobs in the U.S. Metros in that state take up four of the top six best cities for jobs cited in a recent Forbes analysis.
Meanwhile, a shift in employment has moved out some traditional players from the top spots. For example, Washington, D.C., which was ranked No. 5 last year on the list, has fallen completely out of the top 15 as one of the best places for jobs â€” the first time in four years.
â€œEmployment growth has moved away from the public sector to private business,â€ Forbes notes. More than half of the 398 metro areas studied showed a decrease in the number of government and public-sector jobs while private-sector jobs showed an increase.
The three employment sectors showing some of biggest job gains are in energy, technology, and manufacturing, according to Forbesâ€™ analysis, which provided rankings of metro areas based on recent growth trends as well as projected long-term growth trends.
Of large U.S. metro areas, the top spots for jobs this year are:
Source: â€œThe Best Cities for Jobs,â€ Forbes (May 7, 2012)