"Some East Coast boosters of the Golden State are making [the claim that California is pulling ahead of Texas], but we don't see it in this year's numbers," say columnists Joel Kotkin and Mike Shires, who looked at the short, medium and long-term employment performance of 398 metropolitan statistical areas for the ranking.
"Besides the tech-rich Bay Area, home to two of our top 10 large metro areas, there are no other major California cities near the top . . . In contrast, the Texas juggernaut rolls on. Growth there has not only been steady, it's been widely spread across the state."
Five of the Lone Star State's major metro areas rank among "The Best Big Cities for Jobs 2013": Fort Worth-Arlington takes No. 4 on the list, trailed by Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, which saw 2 percent employment growth in 2012, at No. 5.
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