If you're looking for a job, the best way to improve your odds is to go where the jobs are.
Texas is the place to go, according to the 2009 Best Performing Cities Index complied by the Milken Institute. The index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary and technology growth.
Four of the top five and nine of the top 20 metro areas listed are in Texas.