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Recruitment 411: What kind of Work you Want May Dictate Where you Live

Eric Erickson is giving Julie a break from blogging. He is Julie’s communication colleague from Atlanta, one of the best cities to find a job in the federal government.


They say everything is bigger in Texas – and that includes the job market. Earlier this year, Forbes released its list of the best cities for finding a new job. Aside from Texas, there are only two cities not in the South…that is, if you include Texas and Oklahoma in ‘The South.’ California has one city featured on this list.


So, except for the final two cities on the list – in Utah and Pennsylvania – it seems the best places to find work are states known to be warm and sunny. Not coincidentally, that is where you are sure to find work in the energy and technology industries. 

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Houston, TX
  3. Salt Lake City, UT
  4. Fort Worth, TX
  5. San Jose, CA
  6. Dallas, TX
  7. Raleigh, NC
  8. Pittrburgh, PA
  9. Nashville, TN
  10. Okalhoma City, OK


Over on Monster, they feature a list of the 10 best cities to find a job in the federal government. As you can see, it’s a much different list.

  1. Washington, DC
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. San Antonio, TX
  4. New York, NY
  5. Philadelphia, PA
  6. Dalls-Ft. Worth, TX
  7. Chicago, IL
  8. Baltimore, MD
  9. Tampa, FL
  10. Denver, CO


Dallas and Fort Worth are the only two cities appearing on both lists. While it’s no surprise that DC tops the government list, 2012 was apparently the first time in four years that DC was not on the Forbes list.


So, what is your reaction to the rankings?

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Comment by Mandy Vavrinak on August 30, 2012 at 10:16am

Interesting round up. Living in Tulsa, OK, I can see the inclusion of OKC and the Texas cities on this list. It's partly, at least in OK, because our job market didn't suffer the same losses in the recession. So partly a reflection of growth and vitality in jobs and partly a reflection of stability. 

Comment by Eric Erickson on August 28, 2012 at 3:47pm

The Forbes story I linked to in the story does feature 3 lists -- I just focused on the 'Big Cities' list. The top Medium-sized city is Lafayette, LA and the top small city is Odessa, TX -- another Texas town.

Comment by GovLoop on August 28, 2012 at 2:34pm

Interesting top 10 - all big cities - I'd be curious the surprise cities for gov't (like Burlington, VT and other random ones) - any ideas?

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