Top 10 Locations to Find a Job After Graduation

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The job market is still a dismal place for college graduates. True, the unemployment rate has not risen past ten percent yet, but that is partly because many people have given up on their job hunt, causing the labor force to shrink. According to Business Week, the labor force decreased by almost 700,000 people  in December 2010. If it had not, the unemployment rate was expected to be 10.4 percent.

What can college grads do to find a job in this tough market? Part of the equation could be moving to a city that is actually hiring people and creating new jobs. What makes these cities the top cities to find a job in 2010?

There are certain locations that have advantages in terms of lower costs, improved access to talent, certain key industry resources, and other factors that help to drive things,” said Kevin Klowden, co-author of the Best-Performing Cities 2009 report.

So where should you move to up your chances of finding a job? Interestingly enough, four of the top ten are in Texas. But if slipping on your cowboy boots every day doesn’t appeal to you, check out the other six options.

Here are the top 10 cities for finding a job in  2010.

1. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
Population: 1,653,000
Best Job: Environmental Engineer- $73,500

2. Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas
Population 379,000
Best Job: Registered Nurse- $54,000

3. Salt Lake City, Utah
Population: 1,116,000
Best Job: Financial Analyst- $61,300

4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
Population: 1,116,000
Best Job: Software Developer- $63,100

5. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
Population: 5,728,000
Best Job: Petroleum Engineer- $114,500

6. Durham, North Carolina
Population: 490,000
Best Job: Research Laboratory Technician- $42,800

7. Olympia, Washington
Population: 245,000
Best Job: High School Teacher- $49,500

8. Huntsville, Alabama
Population: 396,000
Best Job: Electrical Engineer- $77.400

9. Lafayette, Louisiana
Population: 396,000
Best Job: Engineering Technician, Oil & Gas- $51,100

10. Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
Population: 1,089,000
Best Job: Informational Technology Manager- $80,700


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