FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The city of Fort Worth sits near the top of an unenviable list: The online career site Careerbliss.com slotted it as one of the 10 cities in the nation with the slowest job growth year over year.
Several Texas cities made this list. Fort Worth was ranked seventh and Dallas came in at 12th. Austin came in second and San Antonio rounded out the list at 22nd.
However, some city leaders and job seekers question the Fort Worth findings.
“I don’t know where they got their figures, because obviously we don’t see that here,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “Fort Worth is growing. Jobs are coming here. We had 200,000 people move here in the last decade.”
The Texas Workforce Commission shows Fort Worth’s unemployment rate has held steady over the past year at 8.5 percent.
Numerous industries –including professional services, health services and retail – added jobs, but the website states Fort Worth’s overall job growth is stagnant at best.
“It’s kind of scary because you’re scared you might not find a job,” said Sarai Casiano, who is currently looking for employment. “You may not have the money to make the month’s rent or pay the bills.”
Tamara Wilkins has been on the job hunt for the last two years.
“It’s been very discouraging, you can go online and fill out all of these applications and you won’t hear anything,” she said. “It’s like you’re fighting with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people out there that are applying for the same thing.”
But the Tennessee native thinks the outlook is better in North Texas.
“I originally come from Jackson, Tennessee which is a small town between Nashville and Memphis, and they don’t have a lot to offer,” Wilkins said. “But in North Texas there is a lot.”