For veterans currently looking for work, it looks like the Lone Star State might be their best bet.
A recent report ranking the top metropolitan areas for former servicemembers found that Houston was the leader in veteran employment, with neighboring cities Dallas and Austin close behind, Stars and Stripes reported. According to the news source, Houston claimed the No. 1 spot because of its high rate of job creation and its low unemployment numbers.
For mid-sized metropolitan regions, Ann Arbor, Mich. came out as No. 1, while Columbia, Mo., claimed the top spot for small urban areas.
Eric Engquist, whose company compiled the rankings, told the news outlet that he hopes the latest information will help both military and hiring organizations improve their employment resources and support for veterans.
"What we're really telling servicemembers is to do their homework before they leave the military," Engquist said. "You need to be well informed about the opportunities available, and think about where you'll live along with what you want to do."
The unemployment rate for veterans is worst among recent servicemembers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 percent of veterans who returned from active duty after 2001 are currently unemployed.