Forbes Magazine Ranks New Orleans
2nd Best Big City For Jobs

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Forbes magazine’s annual “Best Cities ftn_New-Orleans-at-nightor Jobs” list ranks the New Orleans-Metairie metropolitan area as second-best among big cities.

It counted the New Orleans area as one of the list’s “intriguing surprises,” moving up 46 places from last year’s list. Noting that the region lost 11 percent of its population and nearly 16 percent of its jobs in the last decade, it says “the Big Easy seems to be finding its place among America’s great cities.”

Jobs have risen 3.5 percent since 2006 due to “rebuilding, a resurgence of tourism, and a growing immigrant population,” according to the article. It notes the area’s Hispanic population grew by 35,000 in the past decade.

The country’s 398 metropolitan statistical areas are ranked based on employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from November 1999 to January 2011. Rankings are based on recent, mid-term and long-term growth trends and momentum.

Cities are also grouped by size: big, mid-size and small.

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