Atlanta is one of the best cities for job seekers



Atlanta is ranked as the sixth best city for job seekers on a list from NerdWallet. The financial website ranked cities based on job opportunities and cost of living expenses.

NerdWallet made the rankings by comparing the unemployment rate from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics as of October 2016 and the increase in the working age-population between 2010 and 2015 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It also looked at the median earnings and median monthly rent to analyze the cost of living in the area, but these factors were weighted on a smaller scale.

The unemployment rate in Atlanta in October 2016 was 4.9 percent while the employed population growth was nearly 32 percent. The median 2015 annual earnings for full-time workers in Atlanta was $50,424 while the median monthly rent was $981.

The rankings found that almost all of the top 10 cities have a higher-than-average percentage of 20-somethings. The nationwide average is 13.9 percent, while in Atlanta it is more than 20 percent.

Additionally, cities with technology industries, telecommunications companies and health care industries are some of the fastest-growing cities with new job opportunities. Atlanta is home to a growing technology and health care industry including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region II, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Wellstar Health Systems.

City Unemployment Rate in Oct. 2016 Employment Population Growth Median 2015 Earnings Median 2015 Rent
Austin, TX 3.20% 34.51% $45,669 $1,139
Denver, CO 2.90% 29.54% $47,741 $1,094
Nashville, TN 3.80% 29.46% $40,253 $921
Seattle, WA 4.20% 29.56% $62,903 $1,356
Durham, NC 4.20% 30.93% $41,323 $929
Atlanta, GA 4.90% 31.61% $50,424 $981
Minneapolis, MN 3.10% 19.50% $48,249 $912
Lincoln, NE 2.80% 18.13% $40,998 $770
Irving, TX 3.60% 25.09% $39,318 $977

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