Austin drops in Forbes' "Best Cities for Jobs" list

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by Deborah Kostroun / Texas Bloomberg Report

Texas Bloomberg Report

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 6:21 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 AM

Once again Texas is on top. More than 700 top CEOs around the nation rank Texas as the best state to do business for the ninth year in a row. That study was done by Chief Executive Magazine and is based on taxation and regulation, quality of workforce and living environment. Florida and North Carolina are not too far behind Texas on the list, but California continues to rank last for a ninth year in a row.

Forbes is out with its list of the best cities for jobs and Texas has four major metro areas in the top 10. The list is led by Ft. Worth at number four, Houston at number five, Dallas at number six and Austin-Round Rock, which slips from first place last year to 10th. San Antonio comes in at a very healthy number 12. Corpus Christi was fourth on the list of the best mid-size cities for jobs. And when it comes to the best small cities for jobs, Midland came in at number one, followed by Odessa and San Angelo at number five. You can thank the oil boom in Texas for creating jobs but there has also been growth in tech, manufacturing and business services.

The Energy Department says you can expect to pay $3.53 a gallon for regular gas this summer-- that's 16 cents a gallon cheaper than last summer. But that's a little more than what you're paying now. According to AAA, the average price in Texas for regular gas is $3.35 a gallon.

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