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The Best Cities for Jobs


The Milken Institute recently released its annual list of the cities where the most jobs are being created.  The top 10 cities are:

  • Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Fort Myers, Fla.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • Laredo, Texas
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Monmouth, N.J.

Fayetteville, Arkansas, home to Wal-Mart, rose from 23 to earn this year's top spot.  Many cities that formerly ranked high on the list dropped quite significantly, including Boston down from 45 to 136 and Santa Cruz from 38 to 144.

Gary, Indiana, was at the bottom of the list, for the second year in a row. Youngstown-Warren, Ohio and Flint, Michigan also in the list's bottom three.  Many cities that were formerly well-placed, due to growth of the high-tech job market, have dropped. Boston, for example, dropped from 45 to 136, while Santa Cruz dropped from 38 to 144.

According to the Milken Institute, the cities that ranked high have a diverse economies with a mix of stable industries.  If you're considering a move to one of the cities that are creating jobs, where are the best places to look for local jobs?  CareerBuilder.com powers the employment classifieds for more than 130 local newspapers, including Gannett, Knight Ridder and Tribune, as well as US Today's career channel.

There are also local and regional job sites that can be effective in finding a job in a specific location. Again, many of these sites include listings from local employers who may not be inclined to post on the major jobs sites. Jobs by State - US job listings, employment classifieds and career resources listed by state. America's Job Bank is another excellent source for finding local jobs.  The database is searchable by job category, keyword, state or zip code. Searching by zip code will return results within a fifty mile radius.

Don't forget to consider money. What you're making in your present location, may not be enough to get by on in a higher priced location.

Use online salary calculators to determine how your current salary or salary offer measures up or calculate how much you'll need to earn to get by in a new location.  Also use salary surveys to research how much you should (or could) be earning.  Visit our Compensation Center to get calculators, surveys, and advice on negotiating compensation with that prospective employer.

Most importantly, conducting a long distance job search isn't always easy. You'll need to be creative, flexible and ready to move on a moment's notice.

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