Best Places to Find a Job in 2018

Updated : February 10th, 2021

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!



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  1. I was fired through no fault of my own in the state of NJ. I was hired to help build an apparel startup. Hired for coming from a corporate background, I would make my professional suggestions on how to improve and develop product as that type of information was always welcomed but unfortunately not utilized. During my time, I’ve repeatedly tried to help the company to avoid costly mistakes in the future when it came to producing apparel, yet my boss preferred to always “wing it” change direction and never follow any type of calendared process. Fast forward and to no surprise to me there is an issue with production and I’m informed with vague information and so as a professional, I remind the owners (again) of the proper protocol that I’ve been suggesting and believing that they finally understood this now. But the understanding was an awakening that was too late (as it seems). Therefore a week later, I was fired as a cut in finances, With no severance, I ask for a confirmation on days worked in order to claim for unemployment due to the financial reduction but then am emailed that due to my decision making that the company lost thousands of dollars and that I didn’t perform my job. I continued to apply for my claim and was denied with allegations that in addition to losing thousands of dollars that I now stole candy (of all things) from the company under footage which is false, and that I watched movies on my phone which was also a false claim. The adjudication office has reached out to me to give me 2 days to reply against the ridiculous allegations and I have replied to all her points of accusations. I had also added more information which I regret now because I was a bit emotional because of the low blows that came my way. Nevertheless, the email had been sent and I am now waiting to see the next steps.
    My question is this. In the state of NJ, what are the next steps for determination?
    Will my former employer read my comments which will only add fuel to the fire (which is true on the additional emotional writing) and then create more lies?
    Have employers gotten away with denying claims by creating false claims?
    This is not what I had expected nor planned to rebuttal in an adjudication.
    I only wanted unemployment pay while I continue to look for work.

  2. I went on medical leave in 2016. I had 2 years of approved leave with pay and benefits. Over the past 2 years, I continued on medical. In May of 2018 my employer tried to terminate for refusing to follow the company doctor’s recommendation to return to work with restrictions in a non hazardous area. I was never informed of where to report or when to report for work. I didn’t even know of the attempted termination until I didn’t receive my bi-weekly payment. I filed a greviance to get my job, pay, and benefits back and was awarded a temporary re-instatement until I had a third party doctor exam. During all of this, I reached my 2 year limit on pay and benefits. Once the 3rd party medical exam was done, the doctor sided with me that there were health reasons for not restoring me to my previous position. But he also agreed with my employer’s company doctor offer of returning to work with restrictions in a non hazardous area. My employer informed me at that time they had no jobs available for me. Since I no longer receive pay or benefits I filed for unemployment. The state said that my employer objected to my request for umeployment on the grounds that I’m weeking fulltime for them and now it has been 6 weeks pending adjudication. I receive no pay no benefits and was told I don’t have a job from my employer. How can they hold up my unemployment pay?

    1. Gil,

      Thank you for writing to us. The outcome of the adjudication depends on the paperwork/documents you submit supporting your stance. Please make sure to prepare well and argue confidently in your favor.

  3. I live in the state of Nevada and had filed for unemployment a few months back in June and was denied because of not earning enough funds in that quarter which show that I’m trying to open a claim on a previous claim considered double dipping. I was told that if I worked and made $1,200 then that would be enough to fulfill and be approved for unemployment claim for the new quarter. I did work a new job started the job as a project assistant for a plumbing company to which the hiring manager knew I had never worked in plumbing but had over 20 years in construction. All in all I worked really hard to understand the plumbing industry but I could never satisfy my supervisors expectations and the last week of me working she basically took ball work from me and kept saying she will handle it even though I would ask every hour or less if there is something that I could do, she kept denying me any work because she was frustrated that I couldn’t do the job is good as she did even though she’s been there for 30 years. I was receiving unemployment funds for the past 3 weeks and suddenly I have to wait till November 2nd for an adjudication meeting and my funds have been placed on hold until then. Can my claim be denied because I could not do the job she expected even though she hired me knowing my previous experience? What should I expect now?

    1. Brooke,

      There is a thin line. It can go against your since expectations were not met or it can also be in your favor for unreasonable demands from your supervisor. If you think you have a strong case, make sure to argue well and present all supporting paperwork.

  4. The state of Oregon UI told my spouse every claim that isn’t due to lack of work now goes through adjudication! Is that true or are they just saying that because she ‘resigned en leiu of termination’ in her trial period? She worked for the state, and didn’t want to be unable to find employment in another department.

    1. Ambrose,

      I don’t know if this is true. How can you confirm? By calling the office again and asking for a different representative to speak to.

    2. Yes, this is true, Oregon will adjudicate any “employment separation” that isn’t due to a lack of work. FYI they’ll also treat a resignation in lieu of termination as her being fired because if your wife’s employer told her “quit or you’ll be fired”, she didn’t really have much of a choice and she was going to lose her job either way.

  5. I was terminated while on Workers Comp. The employer didn’t call me, I was notified a month after the fact by the insurance carrier for the employer! And get this,,,When I opened my UI case to start benefit payments, I notated in the questionnaire that I have a lifting restriction imposed by the Doctor but that I can still physically work and I’m currently available to work….and I was denied UI benefits.
    I’m appealing.

    1. Will,

      I think you should be eligible to collect UI benefits under such circumstances. Please make sure to keep supporting documents handy to support your stance during the Appeal.

  6. I’m currently appealing an availability issue in Massachusetts. I was accepted to a local community college never enrolled and because at the time when I applied I stated I was accepted they denied me. I was laid off due to lack of work it was a temporary position on August 3, 2018. My previous employer I was with 2+years, however I did quit that job which I’m sure doesn’t help my claim, however I’ve submitted everything from my most recent employer including wages which redetermined me eligible. Now I’m appealing my availability… I’ve contacted the college to get verification letter stating I’m not enrolled nor have I ever been but due to their protocols they fought me tooth and nail to get this verification. Stating there’s nothing to send if I’ve never been so there. Last week they finally sent a certified seal enrollment letter that shows I am inactive and never enrolled or registered within that institution. I think it was to stop me from constantly contacting them. Will this help remove the availability disqualification? Also are availability cases easier to resolve?

    1. Lily,

      To offer a straightforward answer to your question, if you lost the previous job due to involuntary reasons (no fault of yours), you should be eligible to collect.

      1. So I just got my Late Appeal decision after sending in all necessary information as to why I was filing late pertaining to being offered a temporary job. The decision states DETERMINED.

        Not exactly sure what that implies. I’m assuming the worst though. Since no adjudicator ever called me. Can you please clarify?

        1. Lily,

          I suggest you call the Claims Center to find out the status. It more or less means the “Determination” process is now complete.

      2. UPDATE: I called the claims center to clarify the adjudicator’s decision they stated that it means I found eligible for the Late Appeal regarding my availability. The representative also stated that its very strange to be appealing a one party decision ( thus meaning appealing just myself.) Will I still have to continue with this hearing since my enrollment verification proves with a certified seal inactivity and no enrollment has ever been made? Are availability appeals easier to win since its not a wage or reason for termination I am appealing?

        1. Lily,

          This seems like a complicated situation. I suggest you ring up the adjudicator and consult him/her on further steps.

  7. my adjutication was removed and my case still says that im eligble and active does that mean the ruled in my favor ?

    1. Jeannette,

      That is correct. The authorities might have ruled in your favor and ruled out the need for an adjudication. Please call the office for clarification.

  8. After working at various jobs over the course of 24 years and never being fired,I finally was recently. The reason was arguing with a manager because she was unprofessional and baited me into a argument and I signed the statement she wrote against me before I left and now I wonder will the unemployment official side in my favor over me signing the statement..

    1. Jason,

      If you’re able to prove your position preferably with supporting documents, you should be able to collect UI benefits.

  9. Can you be denied unemployment after being terminated for allegedly making a customers grocery bags too heavy. Customer made a complaint that I packed her bags too heavy. When I had only put 4-6 items in each bag. This occurred while I worked for Meijer.

    1. That sounds like an awful reason to terminate employment. Please consider applying for UI benefits until you find employment. You may want to speak to the Unemployment Office in your state once before applying. Please call them.

  10. I moved to NC for a Job the employer begged for me to work for him. The job is 1 hour away. I got sick one day driving there and went to work and told the girl I was working with that I was sick and may need to go home so I call the the staffing lady and the own and told them I’m sick and I’m going home they said OK. Next day get a text saying I’m off for the next 2 think they could not find anyone to work with me see my tech went on vacation. When my tech came back from vacation they told her she will be working alone she sent me the text I was shocked because now it’s two weeks with out work I’m a fulltime worked get a w2 at the end of the year. I work the own stating what is going on why you not having me work I said I will have to file unemployment no response. Umployment told them I walked off the job when the all said I called them when I was leaving stating I was sick and they sent Umployment the call off work text they sent me its been 6 weeks and no amswer on my unemployment case help if you can

    1. Lace,

      Unemployment Insurance benefits are extended to those who lose their job due to involuntary reasons. If you think this was the case, please consider filing until you find employment. Make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  11. I filed for unemployment in florida but then moved to Georgia, after I was unable to obtain a job in Florida. I was hired at amazon in Florida but have already moved to Georgia and receiving unemployment at the time. The unemployment is now adjudicating because it picked up that I was a new hire at Amazon but I Couldn’t work for Amazon seeing how I moved out of Florida before I was hired. It has now been eight weeks of claiming with a hold on my funds what will happen next?

    1. Ernest,

      If you still remain unemployed, you should be able to continue claiming UI benefits. Since you’ve moved to Georgia, you can consider transferring your claim over to the new state.

  12. I worked a 3 yr contract with an employment firm. That contract ended unexpectantly and I filed unemployment. The employer called me with 2 jobs. one of the jobs was at the company that I just left and the company had a 6-month wait and I was unsure if I could return to the company. I expressed this to the employer and they said that they would check to see if I could return to the employer. I was trying to avoid rejection/embarrassment for myself and the employer. I was submitted for 2 jobs.

    The employer filed a protest saying I had refused work. I spoke with the adjudicator. (Who called me a day earlier than our call) It turns out two jobs that of the two jobs they said I had refused. they had submitted me for one and the other was the job aforementioned. the employer never got back in touch with me and I eventually applied for the job.

    The adjudicator told me that I would receive two letters in the mail in 5 -7 business days and told me to keep certifying.

    Any idea where this is landing. The employer did not tell the truth and I sent documented information to our phone call. The adjudicator said that they had cancellations and that was why he was calling a day early.

    Any ramifications for the employer not telling the truth.

    1. It’s the time to make a strong case for yourself. Chase the adjudicator at regular intervals and submit the required documents in your support.

  13. I finally got the courage to do this as I now get Social Security but I doubt things have changed. Years ago when I was working I had a sales job and they did all sorts of sexist crap. They would not pay the spiffs to females. They called you names over the intercom. They would break things on products ordered and picked up by customers. People knew about it but would not come forth. When you saw something illegal going on that you were not supposed to see, you got fired. The employer lied about you to the DES and they even lied to future employers so that you never had respect once you worked at their place. The so called judges as your hearings admonished you for speaking out but there was nothing to be done unless others backed you up and they were afraid for their jobs. This still goes on. For the most part it is women judges doing the bidding of male employers. Some of these women should be asking themselves questions about the lives of others they were complicit in destroying. There never was any recourse for sexual harassment and discrimination and there still is not. Have any of these female judges ever thought to require further proofs from the employers. Has any judge ever compelled the employer to proof of sales or production exceeded by the women who have been fired? That would be the most telling. When other situations arise and the female employee has been with the company for more than five years, have any of these judges had the sense to ask if the person lasted with you that long and their last evaluation was superior enough to merit a raise, why do you all of a sudden doubt the employee? There is no common sense to these horrible women and they are there as judges because of their stupidity. The system is geared to protect only the rights of the employer so don’t be down on yourselves if you find yourself a victim because if the employer loses then you have a case! DES judges are paid to destroy people.

  14. Please contact me I’m going to be homeless loose vehicle they are holding my unemployment and I don’t know why I’ve been doing everything and more I’m a cancer patient and have to get to my therapy today I can’t go cause my trucks out of gas and no money

    1. Jerome,

      Hope you get out of this situation soon. Please let us know how we can help you. This is a private forum and our help can be limited. If you’re referring to Unemployment Insurance, please call the Claims Center for further inquiry.

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