For job seekers, the New Year often means new opportunities. We analyzed employment markets all over the United States using CareerBuilder’s Supply and Demand Portal to understand where job candidates are in highest demand. Data in this report are based on the period from November 2015 through October 2016, keeping in mind the average national unemployment rate of 4.9%. Unemployment data reflect November 2015 averages from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ratios for the cities below account for active job seekers to opportunities, and may not include passive candidates who aren’t actively looking for a new position.
Check out the list below to learn where some of the hottest opportunities are. Your next career could be in one of these cities.
1. Seattle, WA
The Emerald City entices residents and guests with its charming surrounding greenery and mountains—and its jobs. Major industries based in Seattle include software development, healthcare, and technology. Iconic companies headquartered in Seattle include Amazon, Microsoft, and Costco, and are among the city’s largest employers. Amazon accounts for an impressive 54% of the jobs posted in the Seattle area. The unemployment rate stands below the average 3.3% and 12 jobs to every candidate.
2. San Francisco, CA
The heart of Bohemian lifestyle and spectacular views across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco has much to offer its residents and guests. The Bay Area attracts individuals from diverse backgrounds and career paths, which includes ambitious entrepreneurs. San Francisco hosts many of the world’s leading brands, including Apple, Facebook, Salesforce.com, Twitter, Yelp, Yahoo!, and Uber, to name just a few. Qualified candidates are in strong demand here, with an unemployment rate of 3.4% and 14 jobs to every candidate.
3. Boston, MA
Boston has seen some of the most memorable social, cultural, and political events in U.S. history. Major companies that call Boston home include Boston Scientific, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Philips, Staples, and Zipcar. Top candidates can write their own tickets, too, with a below-average unemployment rate of 3.7% and 14 jobs to every candidate. Because of the difficulty to recruit talent, employment agencies make up 15% of Boston’s job postings.
4. Houston, TX
As the largest city in Texas, Houston is home to several major corporations, including 24 of the Fortune 500. These companies include Waste Management, NRG Energy, Sysco Corp, and Halliburton. However, healthcare, rather than energy, boasts the largest demand for talent, with hospitals accounting for 26% of Houston’s job postings. The unemployment rate sits at 3.7%, but finding a new position can be more competitive with just four jobs to every candidate.
5. Dallas, TX
Dallas is one of the major cultural centers of Texas and is the third largest city in the state after Houston and San Antonio. Companies such as Exxon Mobil, AT&T, Kimberly-Clark, Tenet Healthcare, and Southwest Airlines are based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Like Houston, healthcare makes up a significant portion of the area’s job postings, with Baylor Healthcare System accounting for 17% of postings. However, even with unemployment clocking in at a low 3.8%, job seeking can be a challenge, with five jobs to every candidate.