Austin ranks as the 3rd Best City to Find a Job in 2016

January 4, 2016

Now that 2015 is behind us, it’s time to start thinking again about fresh starts. But whether that entails making a small change or a complete life overhaul, finding a new or better job will be a top New Year’s resolution for many Americans.

If that’s your mission for 2016, it’s a good time to be on the job market, especially if you’re a recent college graduate. The National Association for Business Economics expects nonfarm employment to grow by nearly 210,000 jobs per month as unemployment falls to 4.7 percent by fourth quarter.

College grads will see the biggest boost in their job prospects and earning potential. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, fewer than 2 percent of positions requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher were unfilled in 2015, and more than 60 percent of employers plan to raise starting salaries this year. That’s twice as many employers who were willing to do so for the Class of 2010.

Your luck of finding employment, of course, depends on where you live. In order to assess the relative strength of local job markets, WalletHub’s analysts compared 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 17 key metrics. They range from job opportunities to employment growth. The results, additional expert commentary and a detailed methodology can be found below.

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