These are the 20 Best Cities in the U.S. Where You Can Find a Job Right Now

July 21, 2015

12:30 pm

According to the most recent data from the United States Bureau of Labors Statistics (as recent as June of this year), the unemployment rate currently stands at 5.3 percent. That’s a far improvement from numbers during the 2007-2009 Great Recession, during which the country’s unemployment rate reached a staggering 10 percent in October 2009. Recovery has been slow, but consistent, and it’s gone better in some places than others. Right now, it seems that if you are hoping to find a job, some of the best cities to look into are in the west.

Glassdoor released its Recovery Index late last month, which looked at more than 300 cities across the U.S. and observed which cities recovered the most and the least since the end of the Great Recession in 2009. The rankings were determined using three factors:

  1. Unemployment: How much the local employment rate has fallen (or, in some cases, risen);
  2. Jobs: The percentage of local employment growth; and
  3. Wages: How much the average hourly wage in the city has grown.

The factors combined contribute to an overall designated Recover Index score by Glassdoor – the higher the score, the better the city is at providing jobs. These are the 20 best cities in the United States where you can find a job in our post-recession world:

1. Midland, TX

Recovery Index Score: 0.60

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -2.7 percent

Employment Change (%): 30 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 27 percent

2. Odessa, TX

Recovery Index Score: 0.51

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -4.6 percent

Employment Change (%): 26 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 20 percent

3. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

Recovery Index Score: 0.44

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -6.3 percent

Employment Change (%): 25 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 14 percent

4. Greeley, CO

Recovery Index Score: 0.39

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -3.9 percent

Employment Change (%): 28 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 7 percent

5. Provo-Orem, UT

Recovery Index Score: 0.38

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -3.8 percent

Employment Change (%): 24 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 10 percent

6. Laredo, TX

Recovery Index Score: 0.37

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -4.0 percent

Employment Change (%): 24 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 9 percent

7. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland, TX

Recovery Index Score: 0.36

Unemployment Rate Change (%): – 3.3 percent

Employment Change (%): 19 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 13 percent

8. Ames, IA

Recovery Index Score: 0.36

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -2.3 percent

Employment Change (%): 21 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 12 percent

9. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

Recovery Index Score: 0.35

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -6.5 percent

Employment Change (%): 19 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 10 percent

10. Oklahoma City, OK

Recovery Index Score: 0.35

Unemployment Rate Change (%): – 2.4 percent

Employment Change (%): 19 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 14 percent

11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

Recovery Index Score: 0.34

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -6.2 percent

Employment Change (%): 23 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 5 percent

12. Austin-Round Rock, TX

Recovery Index Score: 0.33

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -3.6 percent

Employment Change (%): 23 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 7 percent

13. Columbia, MO

Recovery Index Score: 0.32

Unemployment Rate Change (%): – 2.3 percent

Employment Change (%): 16 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 13 percent

14. Raleigh, NC

Recovery Index Score: 0.31

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -4.1 percent

Employment Change (%): 18 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 9 percent

15. Burlington, NC

Recovery Index Score: 0.31

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -6.7 percent

Employment Change (%): 17 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 8 percent

16. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

Recovery Index Score: 0.31

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -7.2 percent

Employment Change (%): 23 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 1 percent

17. Monroe, MI

Recovery Index Score: 0.31

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -9.8 percent

Employment Change (%): 13 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 8 percent

18. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

Recovery Index Score: 0.30

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -2.9 percent

Employment Change (%): 17 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 10 percent

19. Charleston-North Charleston, SC

Recovery Index Score: 0.30

Unemployment Rate Change (%): -3.8 percent

Employment Change (%): 16 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 11 percent

20. Tucaloosa, AL

Recovery Index Score: 0.30

Unemployment Rate Change (%): – 5.5 percent

Employment Change (%): 13 percent

Hourly Wage Change (%): 11 percent

From the rankings, we can see that the state of Texas overwhelmingly dominates, with places like North Carolina and South Carolina as other states where post-Great Recession recovery has been successful. These rankings differ from a similar ranking released by ZipRecruiter earlier this February, which looked at the easiest cities in which to find a job; however, some of the cities from that last make it onto this list, including Oklahoma City and Raleigh.

You can take a look at the full rankings from Glassdoor here.

(H/T Business Insider)

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.

Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in ‘Doctor Who’, Murakami, ‘The Mindy Project’, and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a “writer”. Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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