Best (and Worst) Cities to Find a Job
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 how quickly you can get hired after deciding to make a job change (or having it decided for you, in the form of a layoff or termination). Education, experience and occupational outlook all affect your personal job outlook.
Popular Employers: Community Regional Medical Center, St. Agnes Medical Center, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
How Much You Can Earn: Fresno Average Salary
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: San Joaquin Community Hospital, Dignity Health, Grimmway Farms
How Much You Can Earn: Bakersfield Average Salary
4. Newark, NJ
The manufacturing decline hit Newark hard; in 2016, Forbes reported that the city had lost 10 percent of manufacturing employment since 2010.
Popular Employers: Prudential, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield, New Jersey Institute of Technology
How Much You Can Earn: Newark Average Salary
5. Buffalo, NY
Another victim of the manufacturing bust, Buffalo is one of the poorest American cities of its size (250,000+ residents).
More than 28 percent of residents live below the poverty line.
Popular Employers: M&T Bank Corp, University at Buffalo, HSBC
How Much You Can Earn: Buffalo Average Salary
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 ABODO. “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. Cost-of-living, 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.
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