Scottsdale is the best American city for jobs while Detroit is the worst, survey shows

South Burlington in Vermont was found to be the city with the lowest unemployment rate of 1.7 percent and Detroit, the highest with nine percent.

                            Scottsdale is the best American city for jobs while Detroit is the worst, survey shows
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Unemployment rate in the US is 3.6 percent at the moment, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent report on jobs, and it is slightly higher than the 50-year low of 3.5 percent seen in September last year.

As a new year sets in, the employment scenario will be under the scanner once again, and as per the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers plan to recruit nearly six percent more members from the Class of 2020 than from previously. 

To help the freshers preparing to enter the job market, WalletHub has come up with a survey comparing over 180 American cities across 31 key indicators of the strength of the job market including job opportunities, employment growth, monthly average starting salary, etc. 

Best cities for jobs

As per the survey, the best city for jobs is Scottsdale in Arizona which scored 65.50 with a second rank in ‘job market’ and fourth in ‘socio economics’. Vermont’s South Burlington is second with 65.47 while San Francisco (63.17), Austin (61.82) and Fremont (California) with 61.53 points completed the top five cities for jobs. San Francisco ranked 30th while Fremont ended up 67th in the socio-economics ranks, respectively. 

Worst cities for jobs

The worst city was found to be Detroit with a score of 38.40 (the only city to get below 40). It got a rank of 180 in ‘job market’ and 182 in ‘socio-economics’. Fayetteville in North Carolina finished the second worst with a score of 40.19 with a ‘job market’ score of 181 and ‘socio-economics’ score of 155. Newark in New Jersey (40.43), Stockton in California (41.27) and Brownsville in Texas (41.33) were the third, fourth and fifth-worst states, respectively. 

Among other findings, Gilbert in Arizona was found to be having the highest median annual household income at $89,903, and it is 3.4 times more than that in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest at $26,281.

San Jose, California, has the highest monthly average starting salary at $6,019 which is 3.2 times more than Brownsville, which has the lowest figure at $1,876. South Burlington has the lowest unemployment rate of 1.7 percent and that is 5.3 times less than that in Detroit, the city with the highest unemployment rate of nine percent. 

West Virginia’s Huntington city has the highest share of workers living in poverty at 18.86 percent while Fremont has the lowest at 1.84 percent.

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