Though 2017 was a doozy in terms of the job market, it was pretty successful and that trend is expected to continue in 2018. ZipRecruiter pulled together the best cities to find work in 2018 by looking at such factors as availability of jobs, industry diversity, unemployment, earnings and community.
1. Fargo, ND
Though the FX show makes this place look super scary, the job market is booming here! Fargo’s opportunity index, the rate of “new collar” jobs-killed, well-paying jobs that don’t always require a 4-year college degree-diverse set of industries, short commutes, and retail resilience are each better than 80% of other metro areas. Just be sure to bring a jacket.
2. Columbia, MO
This city has been experiencing a steady decline in unemployment over the years plus it is seeing many jobs open up in the tech sector.
3. Oshkosh, WI
Besides giving the world adorable overalls, Oshkosh has great commutes and many jobs in the forest products industry.
4. Honolulu, HI
Working in the most beautiful place on earth? Sounds good. Honolulu is experiencing huge industry growth in real estate, law, and construction.
5. Ames, IA
Many startups like software company Workiva Inc., are based in Ames.
6. Lincoln, NE
This city is a great job market for millennials.
7. Lewiston, ID
If you want to work in healthcare and nursing especially, there are plenty of opportunities in Lewiston.
8. Des Moines, IA
Des Moines is seeing so much growth in many areas including insurance services, human resources, construction, real estate, information technology, and healthcare.
9. Wausau, WI
Your rent will be low and your commute will be short. With job openings in accounting, sales, and technology you'll be set.
10. Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis still ranks as the highest-scoring large job market so get in there.