NewGeography's 2009 Best Cities for Job Growth (largely based on a methodology developed for Forbes). Among the Large City category, the top 5 cities are in Texas. My own neighborhood (DC) is 12th. In the overall category, 7 of the top 10 are in Texas.
1. Odessa, TX
2. Grand Junction, CO
3. Longview, TX
4. Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA
5. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX
6. Austin-Round Rock, TX
7. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
8. Laredo, TX
9. Houston, TX
10. Tulsa, OK
Austin has for many years been dominated by the service and high-tech production sectors, is littered with entrepreneurs and startups, with little in the way of "traditional" manufacturing. So it makes sense they are somewhat insulated. Also, oil producers/refiners, despite recent drops in crude prices, have posted respectable profits through last year so we would expect some other places in TX to do alright. I dont know anything about those other cities.