Get Packing: The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Get a Job In

Business.com / HR Solutions / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

If you are willing to move to another city, you may increase your odds of getting a job. Start your search at these 10 cities.

With an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent as of July 2015, there are still approximately 8.3 million Americans without a job.

Just because a person is actively seeking employment does not mean they will find a position that suits them. Instead, it takes the right experience and knowledge, along with a little bit of luck, to leave unemployment in the past.

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Where Do You Live? Where Are You Searching?

As noted in the most recent “Unemployment Rates for States” list published by the United States Department of Labor, location has a lot to do with finding a job.

At 7.5 percent, West Virginia has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Conversely, Nebraska has the lowest unemployment rate at 2.7 percent.

If you are willing to move to another state or city, you may increase your odds of finding a job. With this in mind, you don’t want to make a decision on a whim. Instead, you should understand which cities are the best for finding a job. This information allows you to consider all your options before making a final decision.

Below is a list of the 10 best cities for job seekers:

Lincoln, Nebraska

1. Lincoln, Nebraska

With a population of 272,996 and an unemployment rate of 2.1 percent, Lincoln finds itself at top of this list.

There are many large employers in the area, including the State of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which help keep unemployment numbers down. For those seeking a job in distribution, government or manufacturing, this is the place to be.

2. Omaha, Nebraska

Just the same as Lincoln, Omaha is attracting job seekers from all over the globe.

The city has a lot going for it, including a population of nearly 450,000, an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent, and plenty of big name employers.

Jobs are abundant in many fields, including transportation, health services and utilities.

3. Austin, Texas

There is more to Austin than good music, great food, and competitive football. It is also home to one of the top job markets in the country.

Even with a population of close to one million, the unemployment rate in Austin is only three percent. Thanks to employers like the University of Texas at Austin and Whole Foods Market, the city continues to attract top talent.

Lubbock, Texas

4. Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock is often times overlooked by job seekers, as other big cities in Texas, such as Austin and San Antonio, get more attention. Don’t let this happen to you.

An unemployment rate of three percent makes Lubbock quite attractive. For engineering, technology and software professionals, there are not many markets that have more to offer.

You may want to begin your search at one or more of these employers: Texas Tech University, Covenant Health and United Supermarkets.

5. Madison, Wisconsin

It may get cold in Madison during the winter months, but the job market remains hot. An unemployment rate of 3.1 percent is impressive when you consider a population of nearly 250,000.

Top industries include agriculture, healthcare and biotechnology. Here are some of the largest employers in the area: Epic Systems Corp, University of Wisconsin-Madison and American Family Insurance.

Irvine, California

6. Irvine, California

With an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent, California is not exactly known as a hotbed for job hunters. Unless you turn your attention to Irvine.

Its unemployment rate is 3.3 percent, which is much lower than the state average. For healthcare, software, and telecommunications jobs, Irvine remains one of the top cities in the United States. Even more impressive is the fact that Irvine has a population of nearly 250,000.

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7. San Antonio, Texas

There are not many cities on this list more impressive than San Antonio. The primary reason is its population of more than 1.4 million. With this many people, it is hard to imagine an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent. But that is exactly what the city offers.

San Antonio is friendliest to job seekers in these industries: healthcare, business and IT services, biotechnology, military, and financial services.

If you are ready to begin your search, these large employers may have an opening: Rackspace, Toyota Motoring Manufacturing, and USAA.

8. Minneapolis, Minnesota

With a population of more than 700,000 and an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, Minneapolis is doing something right in regards to its job market.

The main reason for the low unemployment rate in the city is the number of public companies that call it home. These include: Best Buy, General Mills, Ecolab, Target, US Bancorp, UnitedHealth Group, Xcel Energy, and Ameriprise Financial.

Minneapolis is a great city for any job hunter, especially those who work in business services, health and life sciences, financial services, and technology.

Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Honolulu, Hawaii

Who wouldn’t want to live in Honolulu? The weather is great, the views are spectacular, and the people are friendly.

If you are in search of a job, Honolulu is a top destination. The unemployment rate sits at 3.6 percent, which is impressive when considering a population of more than 350,000.

Despite its isolated location, Honolulu is home to many of the nation’s biggest employers, including: Hawaii Medical Service Association, Alexander & Baldwin and Hawaii Electric Industries.

10. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Thanks to its diverse population and jobs in a variety of fields, Oklahoma City finds itself on this list. It is home to more than 620,000 people, yet the unemployment rate is hovering around 3.4 percent.

There are employers of all sizes and industries in Oklahoma City, with these companies among the largest: Tinker Air Force Base, State of Oklahoma, and FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center.

Where Will You Start?

There are open positions in every city in the United States, however, some have more opportunity than others.

If you are looking for a job, if you are open to moving, consider a change of scenery. One of the 10 cities above could help you get your professional life back on the fast track.

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