“This year perhaps we should call the rankings not the ‘best’ places for jobs, but the ‘least worst.'” That assessment comes from Joel Kotkin regarding Forbes‘ annual list of the best cities for jobs.
The list, based on short-, mid-, and long-term job growth, shows just a minuscule amount of new jobs in U.S. cities from January 2009 to January 2010. In fact, only 13 of 393 metros included in the study created jobs, as Kotkin points out at New Geography.
Making it even worse, the source of new jobs in almost all areas were either government employment or highly tax payer-funded sectors like education and health. This year’s best-performing regions were those that suffered the smallest losses in the private economy while bulking up on government steroids.
The list divides cities into three size categories: small, medium, and large. The methodology is described in detail here.
Here’s the top three in each category:
- Jacksonville, NC
- Bismarck, ND
- College Station-Bryan, Texas
- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Anchorage, AK
- Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
- San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
- Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas