Olivia Pusinelli wrote the following article which was published by the Houston Business Journal on Tuesday, August 21st. The article provides an overview of a new CNN Money survey which ranks a total of 25 U.S. Counties based on job opportunities and quality of life.
Fort Bend and Montgomery counties have made CNN Money’s “Where the jobs are” list. With 78.1 percent job growth between 2000 and 2011, Fort Bend County comes in at No. 2 out of the 25 counties on the list. CNN Money notes that a favorable tax structure, strong school system and proximity to Houston help attract businesses such as Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR), Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB) and CVR Energy Inc. (NYSE: CVI).
Montgomery County ranks No. 4 with 63.5 percent job growth. CNN Money cites expansions at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) as evidence of opportunities in The Woodlands area. Exxon’s 385-acre corporate campus south of The Woodlands is expected to have 10,000 employees by 2015.
Other Texas counties also take top spots, with Williams County near Austin at No. 3 with 73.9 percent growth, Collin County near Dallas at No. 6 with 55.9 percent growth, and Denton County near Dallas at No. 7 with 53.4 percent growth.