Top 10 Cities to Find a Job – September 2013

If you’re looking for a new job, it may be helpful to know which cities have the most opportunities available. At ECS, we have compiled a list of the top places a potential job seeker may have the best luck. As always, if you have any questions, please let us know.

Hartford, Connecticut
Compared to the national unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, Hartford has a relatively high average rate of 8.5 percent. However, the insurance capital of the world is still an ideal place to seek employment, due to companies such as Aetna, Inc. and The Travelers Companies planting their headquarters in the city.

New York, New York
New York City may come as a surprise due to its high 8.5 percent unemployment rate, but the city that never sleeps is thriving due to the wide range of sectors for job seekers. The city’s largest industry, health and social assistance, employs 582,000 people; Wall Street has 312,000 employees on payroll; and 247,000 workers in the food and accommodations industry serve the city’s estimated 50 million annual tourists.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Healthcare is the leading industry in Wisconsin’s largest city. Milwaukee contains five healthcare companies that employ more than 3,000 people each, plus the Medical College of Wisconsin, which employs 4,500. The city is also home to the headquarters of Kohl’s department store chain and motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson.

Baltimore, Maryland
Health and education lead Maryland’s largest city. Johns Hopkins University is the largest Baltimore employer, with 22,700 university employees and an additional 15,750 at the university’s hospital and health systems. The University of Maryland and its medical system are no slouch either, with nearly 18,000 employees.

Austin, Texas
The state of Texas may be the top employer in Austin, but the technology industry is the cause of the city’s healthy job market. Dell Computers, IBM, and Apple employ thousands of Austin workers. Healthcare and education are also major employers—the University of Texas at Austin, in particular. In fact, Austin’s unemployment rate dropped .7 percent to 5.3 percent this year, indicating their strong job market is still improving.

St. Paul, Minnesota
The twin cities metro region is home to 18 Fortune 500 companies, including 3M, which employs 12 percent of the city’s workers. The diverse workforce includes 13 percent of employees in the government sector and 11 percent in the healthcare industry.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The government is the largest jobs provider in Oklahoma City; with 38,000 people employed by the state, 8,706 employed by the U.S. Postal Service, and an additional 4,320 working for the city itself. Telecommunications companies, such as AT&T, Dobson Communications and Cox Communications, are also major players in the job market.

Boston, Massachusetts
Like many cities on this list, healthcare and higher education have caused the Boston job market to boom. Tens of thousands of people are employed by hospitals and higher education institutions located around the metro area. Fortune 500 companies, which include insurance company Liberty Mutual and office supply store Staples, are also headquartered here.

Salt Lake City, Utah
Healthcare provider Intermountain Health Care is the largest employer in this city, with over 180,000 employees. Though the public sector also employs a considerable number of area workers, with major employers that include the University of Utah, the state of Utah and Salt Lake City International Airport.

Washington, D.C.
Home of the U.S. president, the federal government is expectedly the largest employer in the nation’s capital with over 200,000 workers. However there is a diverse abundance of job opportunities in the city’s many nonprofit organizations, government contractors, consulting firms, think tanks and educational institutions. Washington boasts a 6 percent unemployment rate, well below the national average.

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