Huntsville, Ala., No. 1 On 'Kiplinger' List

The city known for its missile defense and aerospace industries now tops a new list of cities boasting the healthiest job prospects. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine came up with the ranking. Other cities on this year's list of career boomtowns include Albuquerque, N.M., and Washington D.C.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And if you're looking for a place with good job prospects, our last word in business today is Rocket City. That would be Huntsville, Alabama. The city known for its missile-defense and aerospace industries now tops a new list of cities boasting the healthiest job prospects. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine came up with the ranking. Editor Jane Clark visited Huntsville and says it's not just about rockets.

Ms. JANE CLARK (Personal Finance Magazine): It's really a lot about the army down there. So there's a huge army facility and there's a lot of federal agencies down there that are bringing jobs.

MONTAGNE: Other cities on this year's list of career boomtowns are also places flush with federal dollars. After Huntsville comes Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then Washington, D.C. Coming to you from the financial center of Washington, D.C., that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

I'm Renee Montagne.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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