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The Best Places For Entry-Level Job Candidates

Recent college graduates are ready to spread their wings and fly, but the weak economy means many will spend an extended time flapping their wings before landing a job offer. There are a lot of ways recession grads can boost the probability of finding work, and one of them is being open to relocating to a place where the job market is more welcoming.

Forbes developed a list of the best places for first-time job seekers using a variety of data and adjusting for population so big and small cities could compete. If you're looking for a good bet for starting your career, consider these 20 cities.

  1. Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis)
  2. San Diego, CA (San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos)
  3. Denver, CO (Denver-Aurora)
  4. Baltimore, MD (Baltimore-Towson)
  5. Charlotte, NC (Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord)
  6. St. Louis, MO
  7. Orange County, CA (Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine)
  8. Nashville, TN (Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro)
  9. Chicago, IL (Chicago-Naperville-Joliet)
  10. Seattle, WA (Seattle-Bellevue-Everett)

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  1. Dallas, TX (Dallas-Plano-Irving)
  2. Minneapolis, MN (Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington)
  3. Philadelphia, PA
  4. New York (New York-White Plains-Wayne)
  5. Boston, MA (Boston-Quincy)
  6. Washington, D.C. (Washington-Arlington-Alexandria)
  7. San Francisco, CA (San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City)
  8. Houston, TX (Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown)
  9. Cambridge, MA (Cambridge-Newton-Framingham)
  10. San Jose, CA (San-Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara)
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SDTransplant SDTransplant 7 years
I'm surprised to see that San Diego ranked so high on that list. I'm guessing it's because of the big military presence there.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
Yeah when I graduated from college almost all my friends moved to either Boston, DC or Seattle.
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