Entering the Real World: Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job

Now that 2015 is behind us, it time to start thinking again about fresh new starts. For many young professionals, a new year means potentially finding a new or better job and for soon-to-be college graduates, it is time to start really thinking about what your life will look like after graduation. While you might think that moving back home for a month or so is totally fine, you will soon find yourself going stir crazy (especially if you have to live under your parents’ rules).

If it is your mission to find a job in 2o16, it is an especially good time to be in the job market for recent college graduates. The National Association for Business Economics expects nonfarm employment to grow by virtually 210,000 jobs per month as unemployment falls to 4.7% by fourth quarter.

While these stats are always nice to read about, your luck in finding employment depends heavily on where you live, in addition to the connections that you have made. Many college graduates think that they are automatically going to move into a big city after graduation and then find a job, yet it is important to make sure that you do not move to a city that has a low employment rate.

In a study performed by WalletHub, the top five places to live within the United States with the highest number of of job opportunities are:

  1. Salt Lake City, UT
  2. Cincinati, OH
  3. Orlando, FL
  4. Irvine, CA
  5. Minneapolis, MN

The worst places to live within the United States that have the lowest number of job opportunities are:

  1. Haileah, FL
  2. Fontana, CA
  3. Santa Clarita, CA
  4. Moreno, CA
  5. North Las Vegas, NV

While it is estimated that recent college graduates will see the biggest incline in their job prospects and earning potential in 2016, the job-hunting process can be very daunting, especially for those that are entering into the workforce for the very first time. It is easy for someone to accept a job because they like the salary and benefits, however many young professionals forget to make sure that the pay is comparable to the price of living. If you fail to do your research, you will most definitely be living off of your mom’s couch…yuck!

At the end of the day, do your research. You might not want to think about the big bad world quiet yet, but it will be upon you before you know it! And do not forget, it is important to apply one’s self and still make sure that you have the best last semester of senior year. After all, they have always said to “work hard, play harder.”

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