Where the jobs are

It's still a tough job market, but opportunities have been on the rise in these counties, making them great places to live and work.

1. Columbia County, GA
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Towns include: Evans, Martinez
Job growth (2010-2012): 14.1%

A flood of new jobs is flowing into this county set on the Savannah River. Thanks to the strength of companies like John Deere and the Georgia Iron Works Foundry, opportunities are pouring in. Another boost comes from nearby Fort Gordon, a major employer in the area.

Love the outdoors? Bass Pro Shops is slated to open a new 50,000-sq.-ft. store in the area that's expected to create 200 cashier, associate and stockroom jobs.

Meanwhile, many smaller retailers and restaurants are bubbling up to meet new community demand. Catering to varied and new tastes, they include two steakhouses, a tapas bar, a Punjabi grill, a wine shop and a cigar lounge.

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Source: Census data, Onboard Informatics projection. Only counties where each Best Place within it was also experiencing job and population growth, and where unemployment was below the national average, were considered. No more than 2 counties within a state could qualify.
  @Money - Last updated August 12 2013 10:34 AM ET
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