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While job prospects across the country has seemed dismal for the past few years, 2011 in comparison actually represented a fairly decent year in terms of job growth in metropolitan areas in the U.S. If you're someone looking to start a new career, or someone looking to find a decent place to live where jobs are in abundance, you've come to the right place at the right time. The research experts at Forbes have painstakingly put together the figures and come up with the best cities in the U.S. to move to for jobs.

According to the criteria used by the Forbes team, the State of Texas just about cleaned up in all three size categories (small, medium and large cities). The Number 1 mid-sized city, El Paso, which was also Number 3 overall, climbed 22 spots from last year's list. And then Austin, the Number 1 large metropolitan area (climbed up from last year's overall 6 position), claimed the top spot in the big city category.

In addition, among the top 10 smallest regions, Texas claimed three of the spots. And in the mid-sized category, El Paso was Number 1, Corpus Christi Number 2 and McAllen-Edinburgh-Mission Number 4.

If small towns are your thing, be sure to check out Money Magazine's 2011 Best Places to Move To. But if you're looking for the best big city for jobs, here are your top five:

Number 5 - Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas

This large metropolitan area when combined with Fort Worth-Arlington, encompasses a dozen counties and represents the economic center of North Texas. And with Dallas/Fort Worth being the third busiest airport in the world, it is no surprise the biggest employer is American Airlines with over 22,000 employees. Walmart is a close second with around 21,000.

Number 4 - San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas

The Greater San Antonio area boasts some of the country's biggest companies. In fact, there are no less than six Fortune 1000 companies who are housed in this area.

Number 3 - Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas

This fast-growing metropolitan area is also known as Greater Houston and is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Over a third of the six million people in this area live in Houston.

Number 2 - New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana

Here's one not in Texas! Despite the disaster in 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans area has managed to bounce back well. True the population lessened as a result, but it is still a great place to move to if you're looking for a job. The Port of New Orleans is the third biggest in the country.

Number 1 - Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas

For the number 1 large city in the U.S. for jobs we have to go back to Texas. The Greater Austin Area is also the number 6 city overall for jobs. With about ten cities with populations over 25,000 (the two largest being Austin and Round Rock), this area is a bustling metro region in the U.S.

Greater Austin is home to many different industries, with the top players being the government and education. There are also numerous high-tech companies. The majority of the big employers make their home in Austin itself.

And if big cities are not really your cup of tea, then be sure to check out the Best Small Cities to Move To For Employment.

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