Edited from a story published by Business.com
With an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent as of July 2015, there are still approximately 8.3 million Americans without a job. Just because a person is actively seeking employment does not mean they will find a position that suits them. Instead, it takes the right experience and knowledge, along with a little bit of luck, to leave unemployment in the past.
Below is a list of the 10 best cities for job seekers:
- Lincoln, Nebraska
With a population of 272,996 and an unemployment rate of 2.1 percent, Lincoln finds itself at top of this list.
- Omaha, Nebraska
Just the same as Lincoln, Omaha has a lot going for it, including a population of nearly 450,000, an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent, and plenty of big name employers.
- Austin, Texas
There is more to Austin than good music, great food, and competitive football. It is also home to one of the top job markets in the country.
- Lubbock, Texas
Lubbock is often times overlooked by job seekers, as other big cities in Texas, such as Austin and San Antonio, get more attention.
- Madison, Wisconsin
It may get cold in Madison during the winter months, but the job market remains hot. An unemployment rate of 3.1 percent is impressive when you consider a population of nearly 250,000.
- Irvine, California
With an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent, California is not exactly known as a hotbed for job hunters.
Its unemployment rate is 3.3 percent, which is much lower than the state average.
- San Antonio, Texas
There are not many cities on this list more impressive than San Antonio. The primary reason is its population of more than 1.4 million. With this many people, it is hard to imagine an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent. San Antonio is friendliest to job seekers in these industries: healthcare, business and IT services, biotechnology, military, and financial services. If you are ready to begin your search, these large employers may have an opening: Rackspace, Toyota Motoring Manufacturing, and USAA.
San Antonio’s “Decade of Downtown” has created a vibrant urban lifestyle. Favorites includes the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, a landmark city center park Hemisfair, and an expanded River Walk transformed from tourist hot spot to a spectacular fitness trail for locals and health and fitness fanatics. The San Antonio Missions were also named a UNESCO World Heritage site earlier this year!
Real estate in San Antonio is benefiting from job growth and a healthy economy. Alteza, a premier high-rise condominium tower in the heart of downtown, is nearing sellout of its luxury condominiums. The private residences are located 25 floors above The Grand Hyatt River Walk and are selling quickly to empty nesters and local professionals who desire to live in the heart of this exciting world-class city. Prices in San Antonio are well below the national average. Alteza’s one- and two- bedroom condominiums start in the high $300s.
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
With a population of more than 700,000 and an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, Minneapolis is doing something right in regards to its job market.
- Honolulu, Hawaii
Who wouldn’t want to live in Honolulu? The weather is great, the views are spectacular, and the people are friendly. The unemployment rate sits at 3.6 percent, which is impressive when considering a population of more than 350,000.
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Thanks to its diverse population and jobs in a variety of fields, Oklahoma City finds itself on this list. It is home to more than 620,000 people, yet the unemployment rate is hovering around 3.4 percent.