The best (and worst) cities to start your career

Graduation season is upon us, and new grads are looking for the best places to launch their careers, according to a WalletHub survey.

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Many college students are graduating this month, and are entering the job market during an exciting time, according to a WalletHub study released on Tuesday. With an unemployment rate of only 3.8% as of March 2019, and employers planning on hiring nearly 17% more graduates than they did last year, the market is strong for new graduates with the right skills in the right location.

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When looking for jobs in different cities, candidates often consider factors like job-market saturation, housing affordability, and commuter-friendliness, the report said. The report compared the relative market strength and overall liability of more than 180 US cities to help guide recent college graduates to the best locations to begin their careers.

WalletHub studied 29 key metrics across two main dimensions: Professional opportunities and quality of life. The report identified the following 10 cities as the best places for young professionals to start their budding careers:

  1. Salt Lake City, UT
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. Orlando, FL
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Minneapolis, MN
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. Raleigh, NC
  9. Boston, MA
  10. Denver, CO

The report also cited the following 10 cities as the worst places to begin a career:

  1. Jackson, MS
  2. Newport News, VA
  3. Toledo, OH
  4. New Haven, CT
  5. Pearl City, HI
  6. Oxnard, CA
  7. Bridgeport, CT
  8. Hialeah, FL
  9. Montgomery, AL
  10. Shreveport, LA

For advice on how companies can appeal to their top candidates, check out TechRepublic's article on 5 tips to make sure your job offer is accepted by a top candidate.

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