In these tough economic times the unemployment rate remains at historic highs. However, some U.S. cities have stronger economies than others. Larger cities with major hospitals, universities, and manufacturers tend to have plenty of job opportunities. Here are Money Journal’s top ten cities to find a job in 2013:
With just over two individuals for each advertised job,Hartford is a great city with lots of career opportunities. Several large corporations like United Technologies, an aerospace and technology company, and Hartford Financial Services Group are based in Hartford and serve as the top employers in the city. Aetna health insurance is another company headquartered in Hartford.
New York City,New York
The city that never sleeps offers tons of job opportunities and room to grow. With more than 580,000 employees, health and social work are the biggest industries in New York City. Over 300,000 people work in finance and insurance, many of them on Wall Street. The hospitality sector provides services to more than 50 million tourists every year.
With big names like GE Healthcare and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee is a hub of healthcare activity in the U.S. Kohl’s, a department store chain, and Harley-Davidson, the motorcycle manufacturer, are also based in Wisconsin’s largest city.
Health and education are the top employers in Baltimore. With over 38,000 employees and health workers, Johns Hopkins University, the world-renowned medical community, is the leading employer of the city. The University of Maryland and its hospital system are another large source of jobs in Baltimore.
Austin is home to many technology companies, including Dell Computers. Although the state of Texas is the largest employer in Austin, businesses like IBM and Apple also hire thousands of workers in the city. The University of Texas at Austin and other educational facilities also provide lots of jobs throughout Austin.
The nation’s capital is one of the best cities to find a job because it has the lowest unemployment rate. Washington, D.C.and the surrounding areas of McLean and Arlington have many professionals who hold degrees in business, engineering, and healthcare. The federal government has more than 200,000 employees in the area, and nonprofit organizations, consulting firms, and universities also employ large numbers of people.
St. Paul, Minnesota
More than 28,000 people work for the government in Minnesota’s capital city. At a close second and third, healthcare and manufacturing are large industries in St. Paul. A major employer based here is 3M, which also has production plants in the area. The Twin Cities contain the headquarters of eighteen Fortune 500 companies total.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The government sector is the largest employer in Oklahoma City. More than 38,000 people work for the federal, state, or local government. The telecommunications industry is also thriving. AT&T, Cox Communications, and Dobson Communications are top employers in Oklahoma City.
Boston is a major hub for healthcare and education, but large companies like Liberty Mutual, an insurance company, and Staples are headquartered in the city. Hospitals and higher education facilities, such as Boston College and Northeastern University, employ thousands of workers and have openings for many others.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Intermountain Health Care is the largest private employer in the capital of Utah. More than 26,000 people work for the company full-time. The University of Utah, Salt Lake City International Airport, and the state government also serve as major employers in Salt Lake City.