Where the jobs are

Especially in a tough economy, plentiful job opportunities are key to making a great place to live. These 25 counties have experienced the most job growth over the last eight years.

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2. Rockwall County, TX
Rockwall County, TX
Towns include:  Rockwall
Job growth (2000-2008): 84.9%

Spillover from the neighboring city of Dallas has spurred the county's population growth, and more people are finding that Rockwall is not only a nice place to live, but a nice place to work too.

An influx of new shops and restaurants, in addition to large employers like L-3 Communications, has brought many more jobs to this former commuter county in rural Texas. Meanwhile, manufacturing positions at several long standing aluminum plants remain the backbone of the community.

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Last updated July 21 2009: 4:23 PM ET
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