The Great Recession technically ended back in 2009 and the job market has been looking up since. However, there are differences in how cities recovered and some have become much more attractive to job seekers in the last six years.
Glassdoor Economic Research group formulated a Recovery Index which identified US cities that offer the most to American job seekers. The criteria used included the drop of the unemployment rate, the job growth in the city and the increase in wages over the last six years.
The results are more than interesting, with seven out of the 10 top cities located in the West and with five of the 15 best located in Texas.
Midland, TX comes up as the top city for job seekers in the US, with a 2.7 percent drop in unemployment, 30 percent job growth and 267 percent wage growth. In second place you will find Odessa, TX with a 4.6 percent drop in unemployment, 26 percent job growth and 20 percent wage growth. Rounding up the Top 3 is the San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara Metropolitan Statistical Area in California. Unemployment dropped by 4,6 percent in the last six years, with a job growth of 25 percent and wage growth of 14 percent also making it a great place for job seekers.
The other seven cities in the Top 10 are: Greeley, CO, Provo-Orem, UT, Laredo, TX, Houston – The Woodlands – Sugar Land, TX, Ames, IA, Charlote – Concord – Gastonia, NC-SC and Oklahoma City, OK.