Unemployment rate giving you the blues? Try these top five cities for jobs.
Here are five large metro areas with the lowest unemployment rates and where unemployment is down at least half a percentage point over last year:
2. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.: 7.0% unemployment
OK, 7 percent unemployment is only "good" compared with just about everywhere else in America. But it's good enough to put this area near the top of the job-market pack. The catch: Perched along beautiful coastal scenery, the metro area stretching from Norfolk to Newport News has an economy built heavily on the defense sector.
That's been a stabilizing force throughout the recession and its aftermath, as Navy bases and defense contractors work to help US forces deploy overseas. But looking forward, a pullback from Afghanistan and tighter federal budgets (including for the military) could put a squeeze on this region's job market.