6.7% (statewide), Midland (3.5%), Odessa (4.2%), Amarillo (5.1%), Abilene (5.5%)Job growth:
2.7% (statewide, all jobs), 5.7% (construction jobs)
If you can work a hammer or know anything – at all – about oil, Northwest Texas is the place to be. Midland and Odessa, its neighbor down the road, claim some of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. The rest of the region isn’t too shabby, either.
Note, however, those job opportunities don’t extend to many other areas. Openings in the region for health care, education, finance, tech, media, arts, and social service occupations are average or below-average. In other words: Your spouse could land a great career, but you might be outta luck.