Looking to relocate to a new town with plenty of work? Gallup's got a tip sheet for you.

A recent Gallup poll identified the major U.S. cities that are creating the most jobs. Gallup has created a jobs creation index that it uses to rank metro areas by who's hot and who's not. Some of the Top 10 may surprise you.

The leaders are Salt Lake City and Austin — both seen as strong economic engines in recent years. But would Detroit have sprung to mind when you started your job search? Or Portland, Oregon, where the locals are constantly griping about lack of job opportunities?

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.