Best places to find a job

According to, these six metro areas - all with populations of 200,000-plus - have unemployment rates below the national average and a high proportion of professional jobs.

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Lafayette, La.
Population: 256,000

Jobless rate: 3.9%

Major industries: Oil and gas

NEXT: Huntsville, Ala.
Last updated May 05 2009: 3:37 PM ET
Source:; Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Unemployment rates as of January 2009. National average was 7.6%.
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