When you’re looking for work, understanding the economy of the state is important. Some states are booming, while others still struggle with high unemployment. Living costs and local taxation can vary widely. According to the Texas Economy, over the past year, Texas added jobs in 9 of the 11 major industries, including professional and business services, trade, transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality, education and health services, construction, government, financial activities, information, and other services.
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Texas was the best state to make a living for 2015 according to MoneyRates.com. Although average wages in Texas was only slightly above the national average, workers in Texas get good value from those wages. The cost of living in the state is below average, and there is no state income tax. Additionally, there were very few incidents of workplace illness, injuries and fatalities.
The cities listed below are the 3 best cities in Texas for job seekers (source: nerdwallet.com, texasceomagazine.com, bls.gov, forbes.com):
1. Austin, Texas
In Austin, major employers include Dell and IBM, and these companies each employ more than 6,000 people. Austin has plenty of resources for job seekers and working professionals, and a good local resource for networking is the Bronze Pages guide. A chapter of the American Society for Training & Development in the city provides professionals with workshops, study groups and networking opportunities to help further their careers.
2. Fort Worth, Texas
The city’s main industries are the government sector and manufacturing. The largest employers are American Airlines and Lockheed Martin, and the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics production plant makes the F-35 Lightning II and F-16 Fighting Falcon. For job seekers, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has many organizations, such as the CCI Training Center, that provide useful career training.
3. San Antonio, Texas
In San Antonio, technology and energy are leading industries, partially due to the Southwest Research Institute and Valero Energy, two of its major employers. The financial services industry is strong as well. The United Services Automobile Association is headquartered in San Antonio. PROJECT Quest is an award-winning local workforce training and development program that has a 90% job placement and retention rate for graduates. The University of Texas at San Antonio has a career center that provides students with connections to local businesses.
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