The good news is that there are jobs out there. The bad news is that they probably aren’t in the city that you currently reside in. Bright.com, a job posting aggregator, calculated which cities in the US that have the highest amount of jobs currently available. The Northeast clocked in as the worst place to be looking for a job right now, as New York City has less than 25 job openings per 10,000 people. So if you have applied for a job opening in NYC lately, you’re pretty much screwed and have a better chance of getting struck by lightning in the subway.
In fact, the Northeastern city with the highest ranking on the list was Albany-Schenectady, NY, which tops all New English cities at #29. I’ve never been, but I can’t imagine Upstate New York to be a hotspot for 20-somethings.
Let’s get to the exciting stuff, though. Here are the top 10 metros to find a job:
- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
- Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington, TX
- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Charlotte-Gustonia-Rock Hill, NC
- Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
- Anchorage, AK
- Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
- Kansas City, MO
- Macon, GA
There are some solid towns on that list. The Midwest turns out with a strong showing with Des Moines, Omaha and Kansas City, as does Texas with the DFW Metroplex and Austin.
Here’s the more detailed map:
Now, some of these places aren’t very attractive. Alaska? No thanks. I require a minimum of eight hours of sunlight a day. Omaha? I’d rather die than live in Nebraska. Same with Des Moines. Those places sound like a postgrad’s personal hell.
But if the well has run dry where you are, might as well start looking at jobs in these towns and maybe thinking about setting your roots elsewhere.