College Station-Bryan Ranks Among Nation’s Best for Jobs

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Bryan / College Station is one of the top places in the country to find a job.

The area ranks number 4 nationally on Forbes Best Cities for a Job list.

But are those numbers true?

News 3 took a closer look at the issue and discovered it's still a challenge for many folks to find a job.

Fred Jackson is on the hunt for his next job in Human Resources.

"It is a bit frustrating but you have to keep a positive attitude and news like that makes it a little easier cause I'm kind of in the right place to be looking for a job, which is great for me," said Fred Jackson of College Station.

He along with 259 other people were laid off nearly a year ago when West Corporation closed its call center in Bryan.

"I've had few interviews, it's a little tough out there. Not a whole lot of openings in my field anyway but I'm plugging away," he said.

Despite the layoffs at West, Texas A&M, and other employers, Jackson wasn't surprised B/CS ranks fourth nationally in best cities to find a job.

"It's been tough but I don't think we are this area has been devastated by it like some other areas you know what I mean. It's ooh that hurts," said Jackson.

For March, Bryan / College Station's unemployment rate was at 5.9 percent while the Brazos Valley's is 6.2 percent and for the US as a whole, 9.2 percent.

Michael Root is the Business Services Supervisor for Workforce Solutions and said the majority of new jobs they've seen have been in telemarketing and biomedical research, but says cuts in other industries probably aren't over.

"We have experienced layoffs and probably will experience more in the future. However like I say we have a good rapid response team that goes out and begins working with individuals immediately. We have resume writing, job club, interviewing skills classes," said Michael Root.

"That's how we try to promote it; This is doable we'll get through this I guess that's the way I describe it is we'll get through this," Jackson said

While the ranking paints a picture of opportunity in B/CS it may feel like a tough sell when you're the one looking for a job.

While unemployment is well below the national average, just a few years ago unemployment in B/CS hovered at 3 percent before the recession hit..

The Forbes rankings are based on 12 years of employment data for the area.

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The College Station-Bryan job market is growing faster and has greater momentum than most of the nation’s cities, according to Forbes Magazine.

College Station-Bryan is ranked No. 4 nationally among all metropolitan areas on Forbes’ 2011 Best Cities for Jobslist. The area ranks No. 3 among small-sized metropolitans.

Forbes ranked all 398 current metropolitan statistical areas based on 12 years of employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rankings are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth, and long-term growth and momentum.

Other than College Station-Bryan, nine other Texas cities were ranked in the top 20.

Forbes 2011 Best Cities for Jobs

1. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
2. Bismarck, N.D
3. El Paso, Texas
4. College Station-Bryan, Texas
5. Midland, Texas
6. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
7. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La.
8. Dubuque, Iowa
9. Manhattan, Kan.
10. Pascagoola, Miss.
11. Odessa, Texas
12. Corpus Christi, Texas
13. Logan, Utah
14. Houston-Sugarland-Baytown, Texas
15. Fairbanks, Alaska
16. Elizabethtown, Ky.
17. San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas
18. Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
19. Jacksonville, N.C.
20. Lawton, Okla.

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