Alabama cities rank among some of the worst in America to find a job

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Even with the national unemployment rate at a 17-year low and employers expecting to hire 4 percent more college graduates from the Class of 2018 than from the previous graduating cohort, Alabama’s biggest cities might not be the best places for job-seekers to look for employment in 2018.

According to a new study by personal financial website WalletHub2018’s Best Places to Find a Job, Birmingham ranked the 5th worst city in America to find a job, closely followed by Montgomery ranked 9th, and Mobile ranked 10th. Huntsville, Ala. fared little better than the state’s southern cities, ranking the 20th worst on the list.

To determine the strongest local job markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 26 key metrics. The data set ranges from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary.

Finding work in Birmingham (1= best; 91= avg.)

  • 31st: Housing affordability
  • 64th: Job opportunities
  • 74th: Industry variety
  • 74th: Avg. work and commute time
  • 127th: Monthly average starting salary*
  • 136th: Employment growth
  • 162nd: % of workforce living in poverty
  • 164th: Median annual income*
  • 170th: Unemployment rate

*Adjusted for cost of living

Finding work in Montgomery (1= best; 91= avg.)

  • 48th: Housing affordability
  • 146th: Job opportunities
  • 148th: Industry variety
  • 58th: Avg. work and commute time
  • 173rd: Monthly average starting salary*
  • 98th: Employment growth
  • 135th: % of workforce living in poverty
  • 98th: Median annual income*
  • 143th: Unemployment rate

*Adjusted for cost of living

Finding work in Mobile (1= best; 91= avg.)

  • 87th: Housing affordability
  • 157th: Job opportunities
  • 84th: Industry variety
  • 84th: Avg. work and commute time
  • 138th: Monthly average starting salary*
  • 102nd: Employment growth
  • 134th: % of workforce living in poverty
  • 133th: Median annual income*
  • 170th: Unemployment rate

*Adjusted for cost of living

Here’s how Alabama compares to the rest of the country:

Source: WalletHub
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