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Oh, The Places You Should Go

OH, THE PLACES YOU SHOULD GO As thousands of new college graduates descend upon the job and rental markets, which states and cities will they be most likely to find a job and a place to live? FINDING A PLACE TO WORK The overall U.S. unemployment rate is dropping as the economy con- tinues to recover, but not all states or cities are feeling the recovery the same way. Here is the employment picture around the U.S. UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BY PERCENTAGE 10 METRO AREAS WITH THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES 4.1 3.5 3.6 3.6 Sioux Falls, SD Lincoln, NE Burlington-South Burlington, VT Ames, IA 3.9 3.6 3.5 Logan, UT Bismarck, ND lowa City, IA WA NH ME VT MT MN OR MA NY ID SD WI MI WY IA PA CT NE ОН NJ NV IL IN DE UT CO CA KS VA MD MO NC DC TN OK SC AZ AR MS NM LA AL GA FL HI 3.7 3.1 4.1 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA Odessa, TX Midland, TX FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE New graduates don't always have cash to spare; here's a look at median rent prices by state as well as the cities with the highest rental vacancy rates. MEDIAN RENT PRICES $400 $600 $800 $1000 $1200 AREAS WITH MOST PLACES TO RENT 19.3% Elkhart-Goshen IN NH. ME WA VT ND MT OR MN ID SD WI MA NY MI RI WY IA PA CT NE OH NJ NV DE UT IL CA CO KS VA MD MO KY NC DC TN OK AZ NM AR MS LA AL GA TX 33.4% Myrtle Beach SC FL 22.5% 18% 18.7% Panama ckson' City FL Athens GA 26.9% 27.6% 22% Fort Walton Beach FL Gulfport-Biloxi MS Dalton GA PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER It's not just about finding a place to live and a good job; it helps if the job pays well and the place isn't a dump. So here are the top five states for new graduates*, based on areas with high income, low unemployment and reasonable rents. UNEMPLOYMENT MEDIAN RENT MEDIAN INCOME 5. North Dakota 3. New Hampshire |1. Wyoming 3.3% $564 S40,596 5.7% $918 $44,084 4.9% $700 $47,851 $ 4. Minnesota 5.4% $757 $42,843 2. Virginia 5.3% $989 $44,762 * Income over $40,000; median rent under $1,000; and unemployment below 6%. SOURCES U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, %24

Oh, The Places You Should Go

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Graduations around the country are packed with families and friends in attendance to see the graduate close to them walk the stage and grab a piece of paper that signifies a transition into the next s...




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