If the thought of job hunting leaves you with a pit in your stomach, you might be pleasantly surprised by what you’re about to hear. WalletHub has released its annual Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job for 2016, and the outlook is far from bleak.
Of course, there are a few cities that have sunk to the bottom of the list, but there are plenty of good cities full of good jobs that have risen to the top. As WalletHub insists, 2016 is a great year to become gainfully employed — especially if you happen to be a recent college grad. College graduates are finding even more opportunity and earning potential in today’s job market, with the National Association of Colleges and Employers confirming that over 60 percent of employers plan to raise salaries this year. In his recent State of the Union Address, even President Obama gave a nod to the humble folk hitting the pavement, saying that 2016 will be a pretty good year for the economy and a great year for jobs.
But enough of the deets, and on to the meat. Based on WalletHub’s analysis of the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 17 key metrics, here’s where you want to go… and where you don’t… if you’re looking for a job:
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