January 7, 2016

The Best Cities For Job Seekers In 2016

If one of your goals for 2016 is to find a new job, then you’re in luck because 2016 is going to be a fantastic year for job seekers.

Cities of The United States

According to WalletHub.com, The National Association for Business Economics predicts “nonfarm employment to grow by nearly 210,000 jobs per month as unemployment falls to 4.7 percent by fourth quarter.” The only catch is that finding a job depends a lot on where you live. So why not look for jobs in the best cities for job seekers in 2016?

Should You Relocate For A Job?

A recent post from WalletHub looks at 2016’s Best & Worst Cities To Find A Job.  To determine what cities made the list, WalletHub compared 150 US cities based on the Job Market and Socio-Economic Environment. They then ranked those cities based on 17 different metrics (Job Opportunities, Unemployment Rate, Transportation Costs, Crime Rate, etc). The results are very interesting. This is a very important post for anyone looking to start fresh in 2016.

Based on WalletHub’s calculations, here are the best cities for job seekers in 2016:

Top 10 Overall Cities

  1. Plano, Texas
  2. Overland Park, Kansas
  3. Austin, Texas
  4. Irving, Texas
  5. Salt Lake City, Utah
  6. Des Moines, Iowa
  7. Irvine, California
  8. Madison, Wisconsin
  9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  10. Omaha, Nebraska

WalletHub also sorted the list into the following categories that every job seeker should look at:

Highest Number of Job Opportunities

  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  2. Cincinnati, Ohio
  3. Orlando, Florida
  4. Irvine, California
  5. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Highest Employment Growth

  1. Fort lauderdale, Florida
  2. San Bernardino, California
  3. Pembroke Pines, Florida
  4. Irving, Texas
  5. Oceanside, California

Highest Monthly Median Starting Salary (Adjusted For Cost of Living)

  1. Houston, Texas
  2. Tacoma, Washington
  3. San Jose, California
  4. Durham, North Carolina
  5. Dallas, Texas

Lowest Unemployment Rate

1. Lincoln, Nebraska
1. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
3. Salt Lake City, Utah
4. Omaha, Nebraska
4. Amarillo, Texas

Highest Median Annual Income (Adjusted For Cost Of Living)

  1. Gilbert, Arizona
  2. Plano, Texas
  3. Scottsdale, Arizona
  4. Chandler, Arizona
  5. Overland Park, Kansas

Shortest Time Spent Working & Commuting

  1. Tallahassee, Florida
  2. Springfield, Missouri
  3. Madison, Wisconsin
  4. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  5. Providence, Rhode Island

Lowest Housing Affordability

  1. Plano, Texas
  2. Gilbert, Arizona
  3. Overland Park, Kansas
  4. Chandler, Arizona
  5. Fort Wayne, Indiana

Visit WalletHub.com to see read more on the methodology, see career insights from top professionals, and discover who else made the list and where your city ranked. It’s all very interesting information for job seekers. Compare this list of the best cities for job seekers to WalletHub’s 2015 list. Notice any changes?

If you’re ready to find a job, 2016 is looking bright for you. Visit the JobMonkey JobCenter to find your next job. Good luck in your job search!

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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