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California Jobs & Cities with the Highest Job Growth

Because of its sheer size, California's unemployment rate is the second highest in the nation, but the Golden State in 2011 also ranks second for job creation over the previous year, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Newgeography.com combined those numbers with past data to come up with California's best cities for job growth. The majority are in the central and northern parts of the state, where jobs in agriculture, manufacturing, software development, energy, oil production and the all-encompassing high-tech industry are common. Also on the list were high-population areas of Southern California, where tourism, hospitality, entertainment, finance and action sports industries and jobs are in demand.

Just as California is diverse and grand in its geography, culture, lifestyle trends and recreational opportunities, so too is its job market. If you're considering moving to the state for employment in one of the list's cities, search for property by clicking on one of the photos below or links to the left. You can also calculate mortgages and get real estate tips.

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Top Rated Cities for Highest Available Jobs and Employment Market Growth

Bakersfield
Bakersfield
Carlsbad
Carlsbad
Chico
Chico
El Centro
El Centro
Fresno
Fresno
Hanford-Corcoran
Hanford-Corcoran
Madera
Madera
Merced
Merced
Modesto
Modesto

Napa
Redding
Redding
Salinas
Salinas

San Diego

San Jose

Santa Barbara

Santa Clara
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz

Sunnyvale
Vallejo
Vallejo
Visalia
Visalia
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Thank you for visiting this page that lists the top-rated cities in California for job growth. Also listed but not pictured are Yuba City, Stockton, San Marcos, Santa Maria and the metropolitan areas of Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario; Sacramento, Arden, Arcade and Roseville; Los Angeles, Long Beach and Glendale; and Oakland, Fremont and Hayward.