WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Lucky number 13 - for Wilmington, at least.
The rankings were based on the research from data on job growth over the past five years and projections through 2011.
Business and living cost data were also taken into account, in addition to income growth and migration trends.
North Carolina had several cities in the top ten including: Asheville at 6th, Durham in 3rd, and Raleigh took the number one spot for the third straight year.
Forbes reports that employment is expected to fall during 2009 in Raleigh after jobs were added at a 4% annual clip the past five years.
They say the job picture is expected to brighten in 2010 and 2011, and the three-year projected annual employment gain is 1.4%. according to Moody's Economy.com, 15th best in the country.