Best (and Worst) Cities to Find a Job

••• Getty Images

The unemployment rate for the country as a whole is at record post-recession lows, coming in under 5 percent for many months. But that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to find a job.

Several factors affect after deciding to make a job change (or having it decided for you, in the form of a or ). Education, experience and occupational outlook all affect your personal job outlook.

But don’t count out the importance of being in the right geographical place at the right time. Some U.S. cities are better than others when it comes to finding a job.

A recent report from WalletHub ranked the for getting hired in the coming year. The site looked at the 150 most populated cities in the U.S., evaluating them according to , including job opportunities, employment growth, and median salary.

These are the best and worst cities to find a job right now:

5 Best Cities to Find a Job

1. Scottsdale, AZ

Good weather year round makes Scottsdale a popular tourist destination, so it’s no surprise that Scottsdale boasts a healthy tourism industry, including destination spas and booming nightlife.

Popular Employers: , ,

How Much You Can Earn: 

2. Plano, TX

Plano has headquarters for several major corporations, including Bank of America Home Loans, Frito-Lay, and Dell.

.

Popular Employers: , , .

How Much You Can Earn: 

3. Orlando, FL

Manufacturing, aerospace, and Disney all have a home in Orlando, along with a .

Popular Employers: , ,

How Much You Can Earn: 

4. Sioux Falls, SD

Initially rooted in agriculture and quarrying, Sioux Falls has expanded into service-based industries like healthcare and retail.

Popular Employers: , ,

How Much You Can Earn: 

5. San Francisco, CA

The epicenter of the tech industry in the U.S., San Francisco boasts some of the highest paying jobs — and highest cost of living — in the country.

Popular Employers: , ,

How Much You Can Earn: 

5 Worst Cities to Find a Job

1. Detroit, MI

The Motor City has had more than its share of economic trouble in the past few decades, thanks to the in the U.S.

Popular Employers: , ,

How Much You Can Earn: 

2. Fresno, CA

According to a 2015 Business Journal article: “Fresno has one of the highest concentrations of poverty of any city in the U.S., and much of the blight is concentrated in the downtown area.” Still, , while the labor force participation rate has picked up.

Popular Employers: , ,

How Much You Can Earn: 

3. Bakersfield, CA

Oil and agriculture dominate Bakersfield’s economy. As green energy sources continue to chip away at fossil fuels’ dominance in the market, Bakersfield may struggle to regain its footing.

Popular Employers: , ,

How Much You Can Earn: 

4. Newark, NJ

The manufacturing decline hit Newark hard; in 2016, reported that the city had lost 10 percent of manufacturing employment since 2010.

Popular Employers: , ,

How Much You Can Earn: 

5. Buffalo, NY

Another victim of the manufacturing bust, Buffalo is one of the of its size (250,000+ residents).

More than 28 percent of residents live below the poverty line.

Popular Employers: , ,

How Much You Can Earn: 

Consider Your Industry When Making a Move

The best cities for all jobs aren’t necessarily the best cities for your specific occupation. If you’re contemplating a move to seek better opportunities, it pays to understand the market in your field.

"It's clear that opportunity is available in major cities across the country,” says Sam Radbil, Sr. Communications Manager at . “Whether you're a Millennial looking for your first job after college, or a Baby Boomer starting a new career, it's important to know where to look for the fastest growing jobs in your industry and in your city. From social services to health care, jobs are available if you're looking in the right places. And if you're simply a person looking for a fresh start in a new city, this information could be extremely helpful in your search for your next home."

Radbil says that ABODO’s data show that workers in the PR and communications sector would do well to focus their searches in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., or Seattle. Those outside the PR industry might want to consider them as well, since many crop up on other lists of great places to find work.

Of course, these cities also top lists of most expensive places to live. , as well as opportunity, has to factor into any workers’ choice of where to move next.

Bottom line: look for an opportunity for your industry, and weigh that against cost-of-living in each location, to make the best choice for your next move. 

Ready to Relocate? |