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Ten Hotspot Cities That are Hiring
Looking for a job? Check out Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine's list of cities poised for employment growth over the next decade.

Austin, Texas

- Average annual salary in 2009: $45,180
- Unemployment rate in 2009: 6.9%
Top industries:
    - Technology industry (computer engineering)
    - Whole Foods Market headquartered
   - Upcoming hub for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Seattle, Wash

- Average annual salary in 2009: $53,240
- Unemployment rate in 2009: 8.7%
Top industries:
    - Mix of older industrial companies, “new economy” Internet and technology companies, service, design and clean technology companies
    - Hotbed for start-up businesses, esp. green building and clean technologies

REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

Washington, D.C.

- Average annual salary in 2009: $60,090
- Unemployment rate in 2009: 6.0%
Top industries:
    - Law firms, industry trade groups, and professional associations
    - Education, finance, public policy and scientific research

REUTERS/Larry Downing

Boulder, Colo.

- Average annual salary in 2009: $53,640
- Unemployment rate in 2009: 6.4%
Top industries:
    - University of Colorado
    - IBM
    - Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

- Average annual salary in 2009: $41,530
- Unemployment rate in 2009: 6.4%
Top industries:
    - Government, trade, transportation, utilities, professional and business services

REUTERS/Mike Blake

Rochester, Minn

- Average annual salary in 2009: $48, 190
- Unemployment rate in 2009: 6.5%
Top industries:
    - Mayo Clinic
    - IBM’s Rochester Campus (one of company’s most important manufacturing centers)

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Des Moines, Iowa

- Average annual salary in 2009: $42, 120
- Unemployment rate in 2009: 5.6%
Top industries:
    - Insurance companies, one of which is Principal Financial Group (one of two Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the state
    - In 2007, Forbes ranked the Des Moines metro area fourth on the list of “Best Places for Business and Careers”

REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Burlington, Vt

- Average annual salary in 2009: $44, 430
- Unemployment rate in 2009: 6.0%
Top industries:
    - Education and health services
    - Largest employer is Fletcher Allen Health Care and University of Vermont

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Hartford, Conn

- Average annual salary in 2009: $51, 520
- Unemployment rate in 2009: 8.3%
Top industries:
    - Insurance industry, such as: Travelers, Aetna, The Hartford and The Phoenix Companies

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Topeka, Kansas

- Average annual salary in 2009: $38, 200
- Unemployment rate in 2009: 6.7%
Top industries:
-Largest employer is Kansas State, employing 8,400 (estimated; 69% of city’s government)
-Educational, health and social services industries

Ten Hotspot Cities That are Hiring

Looking for a job? Check out Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine's list of cities poised for employment growth over the next decade.

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