This North Carolina city ranks among best in nation to find a job, new report finds
North Carolina is home to one of the best places to find work, finds a new report.
The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metropolitan area, which also includes part of South Carolina, ranks 7th on a list of the US regions where conditions are best for job seekers, according to the personal finance website MoneyGeek.
The region reached a top 10 position in the national rankings after MoneyGeek said it examined 52 locations with at least 500,000 employees.
It used data from the federal government and Zillow to identify growth trends and cost of living. The website said it also looked at competition for jobs - which is a measure of unemployment and the size of the workforce.
Out of all the subways, the Charlotte area was one of the best in the country in terms of job and wage growth, the results show. But the region was more in the middle when it came to affordable housing and competition for jobs, and achieved top 20 scores in these categories.
MoneyGeek has released its results as some companies see a surge in new hires and the economy shows signs of recovery from the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Charlotte Observer previously reported.
It's not the first time the Charlotte area has been recognized as a top place to start a new chapter during the pandemic.
In May, Queen City was ranked 30th on a list of the best places to start a career after college. To make that list, the personal finance website WalletHub was researching job and quality of life opportunities, McClatchy News reported.
In another ranking by the RentCafé apartment website, the Charlotte subway was ranked 16th among the top addresses with the “hottest jobs” for young graduates.
However, this is not all good news for residents of the Charlotte metropolitan area. In March, a report found that the Charlotte area was lacking affordable rental units, with only "38 affordable and available units for 100 households earning up to 30% of the median income in the area". While the data was pre-pandemic, proponents have warned of potential challenges after some work hours were cut in the past year, The Charlotte Observer reported.
On the latest MoneyGeek list, other metropolitan areas representing parts of North Carolina made the list, including Raleigh-Cary at number 17 and Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News at number 38.
Overall, the Salt Lake City area was named the best place to work. Job seekers might be worst lucky near Hartford, Connecticut, which ended up at the bottom of the list.
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