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Best Places to Find a Job in 2018

Updated : June 12th, 2019

It’s a great time to be in the job market. America has the lowest unemployment rate at 4.1 percent which is the lowest its been in 17 years. There is a 4 percent increase in hires since the previous graduating class.

For job seekers, there is a good chance of feeling optimistic. Job creation was a whole 6 percent lower in 2017 than the previous year. There is a likelihood that this would improve in the current fiscal year. Currently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that unemployment will stabilize at 4.1 percent and the National Association of Colleges and Employers looks to hire more than earlier years.

Best places to find a job in 2018

WalletHub did a study on 182 cities that included 150 highly populated cities across the US. These states were determined based on two key dimensions such as Job Market and Socio-economics. There is a higher weight for the Job Market category and these include factors that influence the job seeker’s decision in terms of relocation for employment purposes.

To determine the top cities, a metric was based on a 100-point scale which scored based on which were the most favorable conditions for job seekers from all cities. The cities were then weighed based on average across all metrics to figure out the final score and in order to help rank the cities.

US cities are based on 26 metrics which includes employment growth, median salary, job opportunities, unemployment rate, commute time, average work rate, housing cost and access to internships. These metrics fall into two key dimensions which include job market and socioeconomic environment. With a greater weight based on different assigned metrics which are under the job market category.

20 Top Cities To Find Your Dream Job

Ranking for cities was based as follows:

Job Market

  • Job Opportunities
  • Employment Growth
  • Monthly Average Starting Salary
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Underemployment Rate
  • Industry Variety
  • Employment Outlook
  • Job Security
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Retirement Access & Participation
  • Access to Employee Benefits
  • Presence of Work-Share Programs
  • Full-Time Employment
  • Access to Internships
  • Apprentice-Trainee Jobs as Share of Total Jobs Posted on Glassdoor.com
  • Share of Workers in Poverty
  • Disability-Friendliness of Employers

Socioeconomics

  • Median Annual Income
  • Average Work & Commute Time
  • Transit Accessibility of Workplace
  • Housing Affordability
  • Annual Transportation Costs
  • Safety
  • Family-Friendliness
  • Dating-Friendliness
  • Recreation-Friendliness

Table of Ranking Scores

Rank City Total score Job Market Rank Socioeconomic rank
1 Chandler, Arizona 67.66 3 9
2 Scottsdale, Arizona 66.29 5 3
3 San Francisco, California 66.06 2 43
4 Peoria, Arizona 65.86 1 56
5 Gilbert, Arizona 65.35 4 34
6 Plano, Texas 64.69 6 16
7 Portland, Maine 63.06 10 12
8 Irvine, California 62.86 11 13
9 Madison, Wisconsin 62.44 21 1
10 Boston, Massachusetts 62.37 7 42
11 Austin, Texas 62.29 12 25
12 Fargo, North Dakota 62.10 14 18
13 Orlando, Florida 61.98 9 36
14 Bismarck, North Dakota 61.61 13 39
15 Columbia, Maryland 61.28 30 4
16 Tampa, Florida 60.78 18 22
17 Seattle, Washington 60.70 28 11
18 Salt Lake City, Utah 60.65 17 28
19 Fremont, California 60.04 15 66
20 Tempe, Arizona 59.79 32 15

From the table, you can find that Chandler in Arizona tops the list and this is based on its high scores in the market and the favorable socioeconomic conditions for its workers. In Chandler the largest employers are Intel. There are four other cities in the top 10 which includes Scottsdale, Peoria, and Gilbert. A major reason for this is the booming healthcare industry and the rise in the elderly population in the region. The highest ranking city which is outside Arizona is San Francisco. Even though it is 43rd for its expensive socioeconomic environment, the city by the bay area has a thriving job market that helped boost it to the top of the list.

You will also notice that some of the major towns are in Florida, Franklin, Tennessee, and Texas while the others are in Central Florida like Tampa and Orlando. Apart from being a vacation destination, Orlando has been attracting more technology-based businesses and has several job roles in aerospace, aviation, and the defense industry. There are also modeling and simulation, interactive entertainment, microelectronics and digital media. Also, you can find healthcare, life sciences, and medical care technologies.

Take Advantage of the Boom Period

Boom Period

Despite the hurricanes that hit the coastline in 2017, it worked as a major factor that would affect Florida’s boomtown in the coming years. This is the huge influx of people from Puerto Rico based on the impact of the hurricane that destroyed much of the region. There is also a slow recovery in this region. More people coming into the market could push the prices of homes up and this will raise the unemployment rate higher to a certain degree. There are more than 250,000 people that arrived in Florida from Puerto Rico between October and December of 2017.

Look For Jobs in a Boomtown

boom town

The most important thing to do in this period is to look for opportunities in a boomtown. Take it up as a challenge and be prepared to make tasks and tips by putting effective strategies together to make things work in your favor. Moreover, to get your job, you should:

  • Read and research about the region of interest to come across opportunities that you could be a good fit. Review websites, job listings and learn how actively is the company growing and what positions you could consider filing for
  • Take your pick of the boomtowns and consider all parameters that would help you gauge better if another town would be more suitable for the future. As a newcomer, you should look for areas of interest and the growing industries of interest and where they are hiring and which companies you should approach 
  • Make sure that your resume is updated and that it is professional in every way possible. There should not be amateur phrases like ‘references available upon request.’ Also, ensure that you talk about your achievements and how you made a difference in terms of figures in one year. Therefore, you should add keywords as a lot of employers use automation to look through the millions of resumes that could help you be a good match and step forward to landing the job

Avail of your unemployment if you are willing to work and haven’t found work or between jobs. But, before you do so, you should check to determine your unemployment eligibility, what are kinds of benefits you could receive with the benefits calculator and calculate the base period too. Stay up to date with your skills and constantly work towards finding employment. Most of all, there’s no better time than now to be applying for work in the job market!

  1. Are you able to receive unemployment in the state of Ga if you receive lump sum severance (which was the same pay as a 2 week regular paycheck)

    1. Sid,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    1. Jose,

      We’re not a scam or a fraud website:) fileunemployment.org has been around for more than 10 years and we’re one of the leading forums for unemployment insurance and unemployment in general. Our daily visitor and patron base is of considerable size and we truly believe in being a center for jobless workers to access resources and share their queries.

      1. I’m confused the article is about extending unemployment benefits in Texas but there hasn’t been any approved Emergency extensions since 2013. Can you clarify this.

        1. Glo,

          The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. I’m attemptiing to file my first weekly claim since my layoff, however, my PIN# is not correct. what do I do to get my correct PIN# , please?

  3. I have exhausted my unemployment benefits in Texas but my calendar year does not end until September. Do I have to wait until the calendar year is over in Texas, to apply for unemployment benefits in New York in which I have available quarters?

    1. Mattie,

      As much as I am aware, UI benefits are only a one-time cycle. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  4. Help ran out of unemployment benefits for the pass 8 years i have worked at Hexion speciality chemical plant in Brady Texas how can i get my benefits extended

    1. Roderick,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    1. Annette,

      You can visit the official website of the Unemployment Office and ‘login’ to check the claim status. Alternatively, you can also call the Claims Center.

      PS: It should not take 6 weeks to process the initial claim. Please chase at regular intervals.

    1. Jocelyn,

      Unemployment is offered to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain if you can apply.

  5. I have been working for the same company for the past 11 years. I started out cleaning apartments, then landscaping and finally Asst. Manager for the past seven years. However, the owner/ manager had us all sign papers claiming we were “Independent Contractors.” I worked Monday thru Friday from 8am – 5pm the entire 11 years. Obviously, in reality, we had Never been “Independent Contractors.”
    Finally, October 2018 we became employee’s. On May 10, 2019 he sold the business which puts us all out of work. I tried filing for unemployment, but, I don’t have enough quarters in. Assuming I’m still out of work, can I wait for the next quarter to end, thus giving me the 2 quarters I need or will it not make a difference.

    1. Lea,

      Why don’t you look at alternate based period? Please use the link below to access the Base Period calculator.

  6. I have been working as an hourly employee for the last 4 months. Currently the board of the nonprofit agency came to me and told me that I had to file a 1099 or go to part time or find a new job. I have a scheduled time that I report to work. What are the laws here in Florida about who can receive a 1099

  7. I am unemployed and currently going to a community college. How can I apply for federal assistance?

    1. Carol,

      If you’re able and available for full-time employment, you can directly go to the website of the Unemployment Office and apply.

  8. I have worked in AZ since March 2016. However, I moved lived and worked for my employer in CA since 08/02/1982. Can I apply for Cali unemployment benefits?

    1. Robert,

      You should be applying from the state where your employment was based. Employers generally remit unemployment taxes to the state where the employee is based.

      1. How long does it take Washington state unemployment to deposit your back pay after they receive the determination letter from OAH stating I won my appeal?

  9. I have been trying for over a month to file and I still do not seem to be able to do it, but I finally got to the correct place, I think.

  10. Cumberland NJ Unemployment Center kept me on hold for 2 hours; I finally had someone answer my call, after providing my information and question regarding the status of my NJ Unemployment Claim the representative disconnected my call.

  11. Excellent list of things to help execute better. Even taking 3 or 4 of these that one does not currently utilize could help immensely.

    1. How did you calculate the total weekly Illinois benefit of $1495? Also, why isn’t Washington and Minnesota listed in your top 5 states with the highest paid unemployment insurance compensation?

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