The 10 Best Cities For Young Job Seekers

Employment trends on the whole aren’t looking great for young people, but that may be partly because today’s 20-somethings aren’t looking in the right places.

Using 2010 data from the U.S. Census and American Community Survey, the CEW has compiled a list of the 10 cities in the U.S. with the highest employment rates for 21- to 30-year-olds. The analysis was limited to cities with youth populations of at least 200,000. It found that in the cities with the best 20-something job prospects, youth employment rates ranged from 75% to 80%, significantly above the national average of 70%.

The numbers don’t lie. This is one case where relocating for your career could make a big difference.

1. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
Young adult employment rate: 79.6%
General employment rate: 74.3%
Young adult population: 452,083
General population: 2,124,137

2. Columbus, Ohio
Young adult employment rate: 77.7%
General employment rate: 70.8%
Young adult population: 254,878
General population: 1,106,181

4. Denver/Boulder, Colo. (Tie)
Young adult employment rate: 77.3%
General employment rate: 71.9%
Young adult population: 404,208
General population: 1,763,089

4. Washington, D.C. (Tie)
Young adult employment rate: 77.3%
General employment rate: 74.6%
Young adult population: 843,709
General population: 3,846,500

5. Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah
Young adult employment rate: 77.0%
General employment rate: 71.3%
Young adult population: 260,870
General population: 989,311

6. Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Newport News, Va.
Young adult employment rate: 75.5%
General employment rate: 70.2%
Young adult population: 267,788
General population: 1,094,605

7. Kansas City, Mo.
Young adult employment rate: 75.1%
General employment rate: 71.3%
Young adult population: 258,685
General population: 1,235,111

8. Austin, Texas
Young adult employment rate: 75.0%
General employment rate: 72.6%
Young adult population: 295,832
General population: 1,121,847

9. Seattle/Everett, Wash.
Young adult employment rate: 74.7%
General employment rate: 70.2%
Young adult population: 406,404
General population: 1,874,057

10. Milwaukee, Wis.
Young adult employment rate: 74.5%
General employment rate: 67.8%
Young adult population: 218,008
General population: 1,017,756

Article via Business Insider, photo by Greg Benz

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