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.
- Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis)
- San Diego, CA (San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos)
- Denver, CO (Denver-Aurora)
- Baltimore, MD (Baltimore-Towson)
- Charlotte, NC (Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord)
- St. Louis, MO
- Orange County, CA (Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine)
- Nashville, TN (Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro)
- Chicago, IL (Chicago-Naperville-Joliet)
- Seattle, WA (Seattle-Bellevue-Everett)
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- Dallas, TX (Dallas-Plano-Irving)
- Minneapolis, MN (Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington)
- Philadelphia, PA
- New York (New York-White Plains-Wayne)
- Boston, MA (Boston-Quincy)
- Washington, D.C. (Washington-Arlington-Alexandria)
- San Francisco, CA (San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City)
- Houston, TX (Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown)
- Cambridge, MA (Cambridge-Newton-Framingham)
- San Jose, CA (San-Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara)