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These Are The Cities That Offer Job Seekers The Most Opportunity

by Stacey Leasca

May 1, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017 might be the perfect day to think about a new career path.

The date is traditionally a day celebrating workers’ rights around the globe. In the United States, the first of May is currently being celebrated by thousands of protestors marching around the nation fighting for fair work accommodations, according to CNN. Those accommodations include simple things like eight-hour workdays, unions, and the fight for a $15 minimum wage.

And though the unemployment rate in the United States continues to decline, finding and keeping fair work is still difficult for millions of Americans. 

To help those looking for work, Indeed, the world’s number one jobs site, analyzed data from the top 50 metro areas with postings on its site in order to find the cities providing the most opportunities available to job seekers. 

To come to its conclusion, Indeed asked four questions: How favorable is the local labor market to the job seeker? What’s the average salary, once adjusted for cost of living? How high do employers score for work-life balance in Indeed’s review database? How high do employers score for job security and advancement opportunities in Indeed’s review database?

So, where should those seeking employment be looking? Florida. 

The Sunshine State accounts for 3 of the top 10 metro areas on Indeed’s list, including the first place city of Miami, second place Orlando, and seventh place Jacksonville. 

"In today's America, economic opportunity is migrating from the northeast and Midwest to Florida, California, and Texas," Paul D'Arcy, senior vice president at Indeed told USA Today. "For job seekers looking for opportunity, good pay, job security, and work-life balance, the most attractive cities are in the warm, sunny, and fast-growing cities of the south and southwest."

Miami came out on top as it has the best work-life balance, job security and possibility for advancement. The only downside to living in the Florida city is its higher-than-average cost of living. As Indeed reported, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the biggest industries in Miami are trade, transport and utilities, and professional and business services.

Conspicuously absent from this list are major metropolitan areas including New York, Chicago, and Midwest cities known as manufacturing hubs. 

“Manufacturing jobs have steadily declined over the years and haven’t shown promise for career growth like a generation ago.” D’Arcy added in a statement. Bringing back these very jobs has been a cornerstone of the Trump administration. However, as PBS reported in February, “technology has caused massive upheaval in the manufacturing industry. Labor-intensive manufacturing is rapidly disappearing from communities like Erie and economists say traditional factory jobs are not coming back.”

But, as Indeed noted, there are still options for those who enjoy a cooler climate. The list of top 25 cities includes Seattle in 17th, thanks to its particularly strong performance for salary; Hartford, Connecticut comes in 18th; and Providence, Rhode Island, places 21st. Check out the top 10 below and the entire top 25 here:

1. Miami, Florida

2. Orlando, Florida

3. Raleigh, North Carolina

4. Austin, Texas

5. Sacramento, California

6. San Jose, California

7. Jacksonville, Florida

8. San Diego, California

9. Houston, Texas

10. Memphis, Tennessee

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