The 10 Best Places To Live For Jobs

Double digit growth in jobs.

These are the counties that have seen the greatest jobs growth since 2010.In a tight economy, workers often are willing to pick up and move to wherever the opportunities are. So, where are they? CNN Money has just compiled a list of the counties that have experienced the fastest jobs growth from 2010 to last year. The trend lines are clear -- the South offers vast pockets of opportunity. Nine of the ten counties that have seen the greatest growth in the beginning of the current decade are located in the South.

But don't pack your bags yet. While the jobs growth in the below ten counties can be chalked up to booms in sectors like aerospace, clean energy and manufacturing, it's also true that the South could be seeing strong growth rates because the region has so much room for improvement. Indeed, four of the ten states with the worst unemployment rates are located in the South, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Either way, the region's job picture is no doubt improving in recent years; southern states like South Carolina are regularly seeing their employment rates drop faster than any other state in the region, as the Associated Press has reported.

See below for the counties with the best jobs growth since 2010.

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10. Rutherford County, TN

2010-12 job growth: 10.9 percent

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9. Santa Rosa County, FL

2010-12 job growth: 10.9 percent

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8. Gwinnett County, GA

2010-12 job growth: 11.3 percent

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7. Prince William County, VA

2010-12 job growth: 11.4 percent

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6. Madison County, AL

2010-12 job growth: 11.5 percent

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5. Utah County, UT

2010-12 job growth: 11.6 percent

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4. St. John's County, FL

2010-12 job growth: 12.1 percent

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3. Guadalupe County, TX

2010-12 job growth: 12.2 percent

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2. Rockwall County, TX

2010-12 job growth: 13.0 percent

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1. Columbia County, GA

2010-12 job growth: 14.1 percent

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Dan Fastenberg was most recently a reporter with TIME Magazine. Previously, he was a writer for the Thomson Reuters news service's Latin America desk. He was also a reporter and associate editor for the Buenos Aires Herald while living in South America.

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mcreynoldsra

Underemployed.....but, I've got a roof over my head, water to drink, food to eat, clothes to wear--so I don't scare the general populous--fairly clean air to breathe. Not everyone on this planet is as rich as I am. I'm grateful for what I've got. But, regardless of anyone's politics, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer. It's not a new phenomenon. It's an age old racket and 99% are the fall guys. The collusion between government and big business is rampant. It doesn't matter who is in office. Politicians are usually puppets, mouthpieces. (If they turn out not to be, they are not allowed to be reelected). I don't trust any of them, least of all the most belligerent. Nor the ones in the background silently sabotaging what few freedoms we have left in order to benefit the 1%.

April 28 2014 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jamesoffkilter

Where do the people who do not have college degrees (there are millions of us ) but are good honest hardworking people find a job .the govenment by moving these jobs overseas (cheap labor) has left us stranded .
when was the last time you saw new factories being built instead of cities (Detroit) and others to follow
crumbling and forming piles of rubble .VISIT ANY COMMUNIST OR SOCIALIST COUNTRY and see what our great leader has in store for us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 05 2014 at 10:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
amicusceo

This writer must have been demoted. He was writing for Reuters in South America and is now writing employment articles, what happened?

By the way, Don't work AT&T, they will stab you in the back at any opportunity they can.

January 31 2014 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bdyftns

Maybe a better message is don't turn down a job even if it's part time and doesn't pay much. As long as you don't have to pack up and move. Too many people complain about money, but refuse to take low paying part time jobs because it's beneath them. Our grandfathers are rolling over in their graves.

January 31 2014 at 9:22 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ca2101315

It is all Obama's fault. SENATE leaders and CONGRESSIONAL leaders have vowed to see him fail. We are a democracy. Therefore he hasn't had the opportunity to implement policies or bills to further our economy.
Not an excuse but how government works. By the way we should be angry at the do nothing CCONGRESS. They have done nothing but end the sessions early and do symbolic repeals of Obama care. Owe shut down government and have our credit rating drop which cause increase in nterest rate on our dbt costing more money but they SAY its about goverment spending

January 31 2014 at 7:23 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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evnsaffl

Obama does not feel comfortable exposing to Congress his lack of government experience. That is the real reason he does not meet with them more often. === Instead, he pretends it is Congress that does not want to meet with him. Congress is more than willing to meet more frequently with Obama.

January 31 2014 at 9:43 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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fcurtis

What you are saying is ludicrous(false). How do you know what you stated to be true. No facts, you just make it up. This tells me a few things. Obviously your ignorant. Obviously your a Republican. (A little advice-Read a newspaper(NY Times) Maybe your 50 IQ will go up a little lol

February 01 2014 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
ewrug

What the heck are you talking about? Obama and party had majority control of the house and Senate prior to 2012 election.But did the Dems provide a budget or bill moving the economy forward when they had the chance, No. Instead the forced through in the middle of the night this tax bill called the ACA.
Ideology verses pratcicality and leadership.No wonder Congress cant act theres no trust.

February 01 2014 at 8:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ponypkg5

Have been out of full tme work for 6 1/2 years. Only found a decent part time job at minimum wage for the last year and Part Time is only 16 - 20 hours a weeks. CANNOT go far on that. Guess what 'economists' I don't buy goods like I did in the past with This job. Yea, glad to have it, but come on folks, let's get real....

January 31 2014 at 7:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pizzageogh

Obama care law applies to employees that work 30 hours or more per week! So you can plan on most jobs being offered below that number. If you need full time work to support your family you'll need to balance two jobs!

January 31 2014 at 12:28 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
RMS

Doesn't matter where you go, age discrimination is alive and well. Try being 57 years old, male, and looking for full time work. All that is out there are low paying part time retail jobs. Doesn't matter if you have 30 years experience working in several fields.

January 30 2014 at 9:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
kastmaster2105

oops! I meant BASH

January 30 2014 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kastmaster2105

If ya have a great job, don't say anything about this........people that are poor and need this work, don't basg them please....

January 30 2014 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
boruch770

Part-time work, or any work in this country must be carefully viewed before one becomes employed. One might lose (Some/all) medical-dental benefits, food stamps or have an increase in rent.
Oftentimes it does not pay to be employed.
My dentist said that the American dental system is evil because I couldn't afford a few dental implants.

January 30 2014 at 8:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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evnsaffl

Yes, dental fees are OUTRAGEOUS. You can get the same perfectly competent $2,000 fee work done just over the border in Mexico for $250 or $350.

January 31 2014 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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