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WalletHub study: 2022’s best places to find a job

With the unemployment rate at 4.2% and employers planning to hire 26.6% more new graduates from the Class of 2022 than they did from the Class of 2021, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s Best Places to Find a Job, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.

To determine the strongest local job markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 31 key metrics. The data set ranges from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary.

Best Cities for Jobs Worst Cities for Jobs
1. Columbia, MD 173. Baton Rouge, LA
2. Salt Lake City, UT 174. Oxnard, CA
3. San Francisco, CA 175. Las Cruces, NM
4. Portland, ME 176. Brownsville, TX
5. Austin, TX 177. Stockton, CA
6. Orlando, FL 178. Newark, NJ
7. Seattle, WA 179. Detroit, MI
8. Scottsdale, AZ 180. Shreveport, LA
9. San Jose, CA 181. San Bernardino, CA
10. Nashua, NH 182. Gulfport, MS

 Best vs. Worst

  • Columbia, Maryland, has the highest median annual household income (adjusted by cost of living), $98,861, which is 3.4 times higher than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the lowest at $28,757.
  • San Jose, California, has the highest monthly average starting salary, $7,056, which is 3.6 times higher than in Fort Smith, the city with the lowest at $1,975.
  • Fremont, California, has the fewest part-time employees for every 100 full-time employees, 29.52, which is 3.9 times fewer than in Burlington, Vermont, the city with the most at 115.76.
  • Pearl City, Hawaii, has the lowest share of workers living in poverty, 1.35 percent, which is 14 times lower than in Huntington, West Virginia, the city with the highest at 18.96 percent.

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This article was released by WalletHub.