If that’s your mission for 2016, it’s a good time to be on the job market, especially if you’re a recent college graduate. College grads will see the biggest boost in their job prospects and earning potential. More than 60 percent of employers plan to raise starting salaries this year. That’s twice as many employers who were willing to do so for the Class of 2010.

Nonfarm employment is expected to grow by nearly 210,000 jobs per month and unemployment is expected to fall to 4.7% by the fourth quarter of 2016. However, your luck of finding employment, of course, depends on where you live.

In order to assess the relative strength of local job markets, analyst at WalletHubs compared 150 of the most populated U.S cities across 17 key metrics. Those metrics range from job opportunities to employment growth. The good news, most of the Best Cities to find Jobs are right here in the good old Midwest. In fact, Wichita natives won’t have to drive far from home, and mom and dad, to find a golden pool of job opportunities. 

Plano, a northern suburb of Dallas is number one on the list, but number two, is right up the road in Overland Park, Kansas, the Kansas City suburb. 

Where are they struggling? Looks like you should stay away from California and historically depressed – at least for the last two decades or so – Newark, NJ and Detroit, MI. 

Comparing the Best & Worst

  • Houston has the highest cost of living-adjusted monthly median starting salary, which is three times greater in Honolulu, the city with the lowest.
  • Detroit, Mich., has the highest unemployment rate, which is six times greater than in Lincoln, Neb., the city with the lowest.
  • Providence, R.I., has the highest number of part-time employees for every 100 full-time employees, which is two times greater than in Plano, Texas, the city with the lowest.
  • Tallahassee, Fla., has the highest percentage of the workforce living under the poverty line, which is eight times greater than in Fremont, Calif., the city with the lowest.
  • Gilbert, Ariz., has the highest cost of living-adjusted median annual income, which is three times greater than in Cleveland, the city with the lowest.

Best Cities to Find a Job

  1. Plano, TX
  2. Overland Park, KS
  3. Austin, TX
  4. Irving, TX
  5. Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Des Moines, IA
  7. Irvine, CA
  8. Madison, WI
  9. Sioux Falls, SD
  10. Omaha, NE

Worst Cities to Find a Job

   141. San Bernardino, CA

   142. Hialeah, FL

   143. Brownsville, TX

   144. Ontario, CA

   145. Newark, NJ

   146. Providence, RI

   147. Modesto, CA

   148. Detroit, MI

   149. Fresno, CA

   150. Stockton, CA

Where did Wichita fit in? 


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