KILLEEN, Texas – Killeen has once again claimed the top spot on a national ranking. Newgeogrpahy.com announced Monday that the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area topped their 2011 Best Cities for Jobs list.
This annual list created for Forbes Magazine ranked 398 current metropolitan statistical areas based on employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported from November 1999 to January 2011. Rankings are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth and long-term growth and momentum.
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood ranked first out of all 398 MSAs, improving three spots from the 2010 fourth place ranking. The MSA has showed continued job growth during the last few years ranking fifth on the 2009 list; a significant increase from the 63rd spot in the 2008 rankings.
"This announcement is gratifying. A lot of people work together to achieve a result such as this. Folks around here are, in every sense, world class collaborators,” said John Crutchfield, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce President/CEO. “We are all fortunate to live in the center of a state with a business-friendly environment and in a community who enjoys a productive, supportive relationship with our military neighbor, Fort Hood. This is another reason for continued optimism about our future.”
The 2011 list confirmed the trend that smaller communities tend to be the best places for jobs. Eighteen of the top 20 cities on the list were either small (under 150,000 nonfarm jobs) or mid-sized areas (less than 450,000 jobs).
Despite tough economic times in the United States, the Lone Star State has weathered the storm fairly well. Texas cities claimed five of the top six and nine of the top 20 spots on the list. Texas dominated the three size categories as well, with Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood ranking first amongst small cities, El Paso garnering the top spot for mid-sized cities (third overall), and the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA claiming the top spot amongst large metropolitan areas (sixth overall).
About the Best Cities for Jobs list
Joel Kotkin, a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, and Michael Shires, an
associate professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, team up annually to create the Best Cities for Jobs list for Forbes Magazine. The list allows the rankings to include all of the metropolitan statistical areas for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports monthly employment data. The rankings are derived from three-month rolling averages of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics "state and area" unadjusted employment data reported from November 1999 to January 2011.