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Indeed released a list of the best US cities for job seekers today, and the winner is a surprise.
How about Miami, Florida?
That’s good news for people sick of hearing how they have to move somewhere with terrible weather to get a better job. But how did Miami come out ahead?
Indeed ranked 25 cities based on four questions about: how well the labor market serves people looking for jobs, “the average salary, once adjusted for cost of living,” how employers are rated in terms of work-life balance on the company’s review database, and how employers are rated in terms of ” job security and advancement opportunities” on the company’s review database.
Indeed studied information on “the 50 metro areas with the most postings” on the site, then came up with percentile scores for each topic, and later combined the results into an Indeed City Score for each location.
The company pointed out that “job seeker favorability reflects the degree of ‘mismatch’ — where the ratio of job postings from employers to clicks from candidates is in favor of the latter.”
So if you’re currently on the hunt for a new position, consider taking a look at Indeed’s new list, coupled with a recent study shedding light on the best and worst US cities for equal pay.
The Sun Belt rises again
Other than Miami at number one (with an Indeed City Score of 89.2), Orlando, FL came in second (85.5), Raleigh, NC came in third (84.5), Austin, TX came in fourth (82.1), and Sacramento, California came in fifth (81.8%).
The press release highlighted the prevalence of of cities in the Sun Belt region, which is not surprising considering that census data shows sunnier places are increasingly the best ones to work in now.
Although Brookings said in a December 2016 analysis of annual Census Bureau data that “California’s migration trends are a notable Sun Belt exception,” it later added that “overall, the United States seems to be in the midst of a population growth paradox: As the nation’s population growth continues to stagnate due to fertility declines in the context of an aging population, internal population shifts help places like the Sun Belt continue to grow.”
The Midwest falls
The rankings of the final five cities also show some warm-weather favorites: Providence, RI came in at #21 (with an Indeed City Score of 56.6), Virginia Beach, VA at #22 (52.7), Phoenix, AZ at #23 (51.8), Dallas, TX at #24 (51.8), and Richmond, VA at #25 (50.5).
The cities that have long relied on manufacturing, however, didn’t make the list at all.
But Chicago, New York, and “cities from the manufacturing-heavy Midwest” didn’t make the cut, which the press release says is in accordance with census data displaying that people are “staying away” from once-popular destinations.
As Indeed Senior VP Paul D’Arcy talked about the decrease in manufacturing positions in a statement.
“Manufacturing jobs have steadily declined over the years and haven’t shown promise for career growth like a generation ago.” As a result, the states where they used to be concentrated “are working to diversify their economy to attract workers and keep talent in their state,” D’Arcy said.
Another outlet highlighted just how many of these jobs were lost.
According to an August 2015 Issue Brief from the Economic Policy Institute called “Manufacturing Job Loss: Trade, Not Productivity, Is the Culprit,” the US lost 5 million manufacturing jobs between January 2000 and December 2014.
Related: The three best US cities for equal pay
If you want to live in a city good for job-hunting and is good for equal pay, the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area seems to be the best choice.
A recent study by apartment search service ABODO displayed the “cities and jobs with the greatest gaps in pay” in the US, with all rankings classified in terms of “cents women earn to a man’s dollar.” The company looked at 2015 U.S. Census Bureau salary information on full-time workers.
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC came out on top with 92.6, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA was second with 89.5, and Fresno, CA was third, with 88.8.
It seems like the key to finding a good job is living in the right place — which is an excellent argument for getting ready to move.