Map of the United States with the best cities for entry-level job seekers marked by stars

Best Cities for Entry-Level Job Seekers in 2019

Posted: April 10, 2019

For many professionals, the most difficult job to get is the first one. Depending on the area, entry-level jobs can be hard to find, and some require so much experience that it’s not even fair to call them “entry-level” in the first place. That’s why we took a deep look into iHire’s hiring data to find the hottest job markets and best cities for entry-level jobs.

We started by looking at the best job markets in 2019 and then calculated the number of entry-level opportunities in each major city and metropolitan area. From there, we identified the total number of entry-level job seekers in those areas to gauge competition levels and combined that data with other factors including unemployment rate and cost of living to arrive at our list of the best cities for entry-level jobs.

 

1. Boston, MA

Photograph of the Boston skyline at sunset

 Unemployment rate

 3.2%

 Entry-level jobs*

 4,345

 Entry-level job seekers* in Boston area

 7,213

 Cost of living index ranking

 9th

 

Boston earned the top spot because it’s one of the best cities for jobs, period. With a 3.2% unemployment rate, Beantown offers the hottest job market on this list and more than 4,300 opportunities for entry-level job seekers. However, Boston’s cost of living is on the high side, which may be why there isn’t a lot of competition for entry-level jobs at less than two candidates for each opportunity.

Top industries include: Sales, Retail, Technology, Customer Service, and Engineering

 

2. Minneapolis, MN

Photograph of the Minneapolis skyline

 Unemployment rate

 3.6%

 Entry-level jobs*

 2,780  

 Entry-level job seekers* in Minneapolis area

 2,152

 Cost of living index ranking

 29th

 

The Minneapolis job market has been heating up for years, and although other cities may have a higher volume of opportunities for entry-level job seekers, they can’t match Minneapolis’s combination of low unemployment rate (3.6%), low cost of living, and low competition.

Top industries include: Sales, Retail, Customer Service, Logistics, and Transportation

 

3. Washington, DC

Photograph of Washington, DC and the Capitol building in summer

 Unemployment rate

 3.7%

 Entry-level jobs*

 4,930  

 Entry-level job seekers* in Washington, DC area

 9,854

 Cost of living index ranking

 8th

               

Based on pure volume, Washington, DC is the hottest job market for entry-level professionals on this list. However, there are two candidates for each of the 4,930 job openings. That statistic combined with an average unemployment rate (3.7%) and high cost of living knocked the Nation’s Capital down a couple rungs to number three.

Top industries include: Sales, Retail, Technology, Engineering, and Customer Service

 

4. Miami, FL

Photograph of Miami beach and the shoreline

 Unemployment rate

 3.8%

 Entry-level jobs*

 3,256  

 Entry-level job seekers* in Miami area

 4,838

 Cost of living index ranking

 12th

 

Miami might be one of the more glamorous locales for entry-level job seekers, but that wasn’t enough to make it the top city in this group. There’s also a healthy amount of competition for each of the 3,256 entry-level jobs in the southern portion of the Sunshine state. That, combined with a 3.8% unemployment rate and high cost of living, put Miami at number four.

Top industries include: Sales, Retail, Customer Service, Logistics, and Technology

 

5. Dallas, TX

Photograph of the Dallas skyline at dusk

 Unemployment rate

 3.9%

 Entry-level jobs*

 4,702  

 Entry-level job seekers* in Dallas area

 8,289

 Cost of living index ranking

 41st

 

With more than 4,700 jobs and the lowest cost of living of any city on this list, you’d think Dallas would be higher than fifth. However, the unemployment rate in Dallas is above the national average at 3.9% and there are almost two candidates competing for every entry-level job opening.

Top industries include: Sales, Retail, Transportation, Logistics, and Technology

 

6. San Francisco, CA

Photograph of San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge in the fog

 Unemployment rate

 3.1%

 Entry-level jobs*

 3,750  

 Entry-level job seekers* in San Francisco area

 9,944

 Cost of living index ranking

 4th

               

San Francisco offers the lowest unemployment rate of any of the cities on our list, but the Bay Area also boasts the highest cost of living and the most competition with almost three candidates battling for each of the 3,750 entry-level job openings.

Top industries include: Sales, Retail, Technology, Engineering, and Biotechnology

 

If you’re searching for the best place to start your career, let iHire help you find great opportunities in your town or across the US.

* Number of jobs and job seekers calculated as of 4/9/2019.

Freddie Rohner, iHire
Posted by: Freddie Rohner, iHire
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