WalletHub’s Best Cities for Jobs 2019

With the unemployment rate at an eighteen-year low of 3.7 percent and employers expecting to hire 16.6 percent more college graduates from the Class of 2019 than from the previous graduating cohort, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best Places to Find a Job as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the strongest local job markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 30 key metrics. The data set ranges from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary.

Best Cities for Jobs   Worst Cities for Jobs
1 Scottsdale, AZ   173 Detroit, MI
2 Columbia, MD   174 North Las Vegas, NV
3 Orlando, FL   175 Fresno, CA
4 San Francisco, CA   176 Stockton, CA
5 Colorado Springs, CO   177 Brownsville, TX
6 Portland, ME   178 Shreveport, LA
7 Plano, TX   179 Toledo, OH
8 Washington, DC   180 Newark, NJ
9 Boston, MA   181 Las Cruces, NM
10 Chandler, AZ   182 Fayetteville, NC

Best vs. Worst

  • Gilbert, Arizona, has the highest median annual household income (adjusted by cost of living), $92,175, which is 3.5 times higher than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the lowest at $26,495.
  • San Jose, California, has the highest monthly average starting salary, $5,270, which is three times higher than in Brownsville, Texas, the city with the lowest at $1,728.
  • South Burlington, Vermont, has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.0 percent, which is 4.7 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 9.3 percent.
  • Plano, Texas, has the fewest part-time employees for every 100 full-time employees, 32.86, which is 3.6 times fewer than in Burlington, Vermont, the city with the most at 118.23.
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest share of workers living in poverty, 1.84 percent, which is 10.3 times lower than in Huntington, West Virginia, the city with the highest at 18.86 percent.


By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager Rachel Linehan