These 8 Cities Have Highest Job Growth in Next 5 Years

The 8 cities are listed below with the respective statistics shows good signs of job growth in coming years. Kiplinger analyzed and published 8 cities with highest job growth rate in 2013 and later. You can see the Job Growth Rate and industries that are growing in top 8 US cities.

1  – Nashville

  • Metro area population: 1.6 million
  • Current unemployment rate: 6.5% (vs. 8.2% nationally)
  • Job growth next five years: 18%

Jobs – Cloud computing, Nissan North America manufacturing jobs.

 2 – San Antonio 

  • Metro area population: 2.2 million
  • Current unemployment rate: 6.2%
  • Job growth next five years: 16%

Jobs – Energy sector. Major employers are Valero, NuStar and Tesoro.

// San Antonio is one of my favorite cities. I have been here 5 times while attending school in UTA. River walk is awesome. So, does Basket Ball Team – Spurs.

 3 – Orlando

  • Metro area population:2.2 million
  • Current unemployment rate: 8.2%
  • Job growth next five years: 15%
  • Number of new jobs: 150,000

Jobs –  High tech jobs.  AT&T and Siemens are major employers.  Health care is the fastest-growing industry.

4 – Raleigh

  • Metro area population1.2 million
  • Current unemployment rate: 7.4%
  • Job growth next five years: 14%
  • Number of new jobs: 75,000

Jobs – Major employers – Duke University, the University of North Carolina, IBM, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Nortel, Verizon and Lenovo. High-tech and biotech job  companies.

 5 – Portland

  • Metro area population: 2.2 million
  • Current unemployment rate: 7.8%
  • Job growth next five years: 12%
  • Number of new jobs: 130,000

Jobs – Major Employer – Intel (16,000 employees). Has over 1,200 high-tech firms, most of them small to medium-size.

6 – Oklahoma City

  • Metro area population: 1.3 million
  • Current unemployment rate: 4%
  • Job growth next five years: 10% to 12%
  • Number of new jobs: 50,000 to 70,000

Jobs – The nation’s natural gas boom is propelling Oklahoma City’s growth.

7 – Phoenix

  • Metro area population: 4.3 million
  • Current unemployment rate: 6.6%
  • Job growth next five years: 8% to 10%
  • Number of new jobs: 100,000 to 150,000

Jobs – The city is an emerging player in the making and distribution of lower-end electronics: major employers include Motorola, Honeywell and Avnet, all of which are hiring.

8 Atlanta

  •  Metro area population: 5.4 million
  • Current unemployment rate: 8.5%
  • Job growth next five years: 8%
  • Number of new jobs: 180,000

Jobs – Home Depot, UPS, Coca-Cola, and Delta Airlines are among Fortune 500 giants based in Atlanta. UPS and AT&T Mobility, with its 100 million wireless customers, are both based there, and they will be key players in America’s consumer-spending shift from bricks to clicks.

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  1. surya.satish on January 16, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    Hi HSB, Please Guide me in Taking the right Decision.

    I Completed B.E(ECE) – 65% in 2011 and Currently Working in IT company( 3.1 L/A) having 1.7 years experience as Mainframe Developer.Studying abroad is always been my Dream. Now i realise it is already Late and feel its Now or Never. I Planing to go MS for Fall 2014(I will be having 2 1/2 years work experience by then). I just know from my heart i want to fly away Experience things there. Well I thought of MBA first but since its too costly to afford and risk i decided to go for MS. I really dont know which specialization i need to do. You suggest something i can adapt to it . I can say i like coding and prefer computer science subjects and being Ece graduate i can opt that too but afraid my experience will got waste. Well the other confusion which country to go..? i personly prefer US but ready to look at other countries if there are economical/better job prospects. I really dont want to do MS for money but still it is contraint for me being middle class and even quiting my job. If not in better positon I just need equal position i would be in if i continue in Job. Please suggest me on this there is just lot of confusion

    • HSB Counselor on January 16, 2013 at 6:51 AM

      Masters in CS is a good option after two years of relevant experience. As you are preferring US as a country for higher education, for CS and allied programs your choice is good. MBA is yes a costly affair but besides the cost involved, MBA in US requires a good 3-4 years of work experience. Considering your profile as of now, I would suggest you to apply for MS CS in US for Fall of 2014.
      All the best!

  2. SriHarsha on January 15, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Portland and Oklahoma …Thank God I applid to univs near by ..:)

  3. SriHarsha on January 15, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Portlant and Oklahoma …Thank God I applid to univs near by ..:)

  4. DEV on January 15, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    HOW ON EARTH can you read whats on my mind?? U wont believe its the exact thing I was thinking to surf on google ,” Which are the best cities based on job availability”. U R AWESOME HSB!!! THANK UUU!!!!!

    • Raghuram Sukumar on January 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Well, lets say I’m good at Telepathy. Venkat wrote this post a while back ( like 3 months). finally, I had a chance to publish it.

  5. DEV on January 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    HOW ON EARTH can you read whats on my mind?? U wont believe its the exact thing I was thinking to surf on google ,” Which are the best cities based on job availability”. U R AWESOME RAGHU!!! THANK UUU!!!!!

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