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Looking for a Job? This State May Be Your Best Bet

Arizona claims 4 of the top 10 cities in WalletHub's ranking
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2018 9:03 AM CST
10 Best, Worst US Cities for Jobs
Cities in the Grand Canyon State are waiting to see your resume.   (Getty Images/AntonioGuillem)

(Newser) – Do your resolutions for the new year include sprucing up your resume and getting a real job? Arizona, which claims four of the top 10 spots in WalletHub's ranking of US cities with the best job prospects, might be the place for you. The site looked at 182 cities across the nation and examined them across more than two dozen metrics in the "job market" and "socioeconomic" categories, including unemployment rates, job satisfaction, and median annual income. Here, the 10 best and worst cities for employment, as well as their total score out of 100:

Best cities:

  1. Chandler, Ariz.; 67.7
  2. Scottsdale, Ariz.; 66.3
  3. San Francisco; 66.1
  4. Peoria, Ariz.; 65.9 (No. 1 in the "job market" category)
  5. Gilbert, Ariz.; 65.4
  6. Plano, Texas; 64.7
  7. Portland, Maine; 63.1
  8. Irvine, Calif.; 62.9
  9. Madison, Wis.; 62.4 (No. 1 in the "socioeconomics" category)
  10. Boston; 62.4
Read on for the worst cities for jobs.

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Worst cities:

  1. Mobile, Ala.; 41.6
  2. Montgomery, Ala.; 41.5
  3. Fresno, Calif.; 41.5
  4. Hialeah, Fla.; 41.4 (last in "socioeconomics" category)
  5. New Orleans; 40.6
  6. Birmingham, Ala.; 40.6
  7. Columbus, Ga.; 40
  8. Newark, NJ; 39.6
  9. Detroit; 38.9
  10. Shreveport, La.; 37.5 (last in "job market" category)
Check out WalletHub for more rankings and breakdowns on such factors as commute time and housing affordability, among others. (Read more jobs stories.)

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