Where you live affects every aspect of your life. The cost of your rent or mortgage. Whether you drive everywhere, take a bus or walk. How much you pay for groceries. The availability of jobs. You could say that location really is everything.
Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its employment findings for metropolitan areas for April. Many metros have worse unemployment figures than they did a year ago, which is news we don’t like. However, some metros show a year-over-year increase, and that’s the kind of news worth celebrating. If for no other reason, the findings are worth noting because many Americans have been out of jobs for several months and doubt there is any way they will ever find a job.
Now, we’re not saying every job seeker needs to pack up and move to Manhattan, Kan. right now. Though, Kansas is a lovely state and I’m sure they’d like to have you. But, if your job search has left you feeling like no one is hiring for the job you want or are suited for, looking to a new location might be the way to go.
Relocating isn’t an option for everyone. It costs money, it’s inconvenient, it’s a risk. Last December we discussed the topic, weighing the pros and cons of moving to look for work. But for some people it’s the best option.
Whether you want to relocate or you just like to know what’s going on in the cities around you, here are the metros with “the largest over-the-year increases in employment” according to the BLS based on the number of jobs added.
However, based on percentage increases, the top metros are:
You’ll notice that these metros aren’t the biggest, most recognizable names in the country, save for the Washington, D.C. area. Perhaps because people don’t think to look to smaller regions because they assume bigger cities offer more opportunities. Whatever the reason, the latest data shows that the metros to watch might not be the ones job seekers have been thinking about.