One of the most common questions asked on local chat boards is “What is the job market like in Austin TX?”

  • You know those lists that rank cities for jobs? Austin is consistently in the #1 spot, since I’ve been tracking it in 2008.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists Austin’s unemployment rate for August 2015 as 2.6%.

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diverse range of employers

According to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, it's because we have a diverse employment opportunities that help us weather financial storms. Major sectors include technology, health care, business sectors, education, government and entertainment.

High tech companies that have set up shop in town include Dell, IBM and Freescale Semiconductor, 3M Company, Apple Inc., Hewlett-Packard, AMD, Applied Materials, Cirrus Logic, Cisco, eBay/PayPal, Google, Hoover's, Inc., Intel, National Instruments, Samsung, Silicon Laboratories, Sun Microsystems and United Devices.

Other major employers in town include the State of Texas, The University of Texas, the Seton Healthcare Network.


lots of happy, educated (young) employees

Let's face it, people want to live in Austin. So much in fact, that when University of Texas students graduate, they often stay, making the available workforce well-educated and, of course, younger than average.

College grads love going to bars, eating out at restaurants, going to concerts, and having plenty of outdoors activities, all of which Austin supplies. Combine that with a lower cost of living and a wide range of employers, and you can see why no one wants to leave.

Young, happy and smart -- that's three things that businesses like in their employees-- making Austin an ideal place for companies to set up shop.

Richard Florida even used Austin as a major example in his bestseller book, "The Rise of the Creative Class," which talks about communities that thrive when the "creative class" (those who create for a living, which he includes among others as engineers, software developers, as well as the more obvious designers, artists and architects) is well taken care of.

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