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Seattle is the fifth-best city in America for starting a career, per WalletHub study (Mike Klimas)
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Seattle is the fifth-best city in America for starting a career, per WalletHub study

SEATTLE — With college graduations across the country nearing, WalletHub conducted a study to find out which cities are the best to start a career.

Seattle ranked No. 5 in the country thanks in part to the lowest unemployment rate in America.

The Emerald City boasts the second-highest percentage of adults 25 and older with at least a bachelor's degree. The study found Seattle ranked 11th in percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated.

Other criteria included projected population growth, starting salary (adjusted for cost of living), entry-level jobs per 100,000 working-age people and annual job-growth rate.

Salt Lake City took home the top spot in the study, followed by Orlando, Atlanta and Austin. Boise, Miami, Tampa, Portland, ME, and Columbia, SC., rounded out the top 10.

According to WalletHub, employers are planning to hire 31.6 percent more graduates from the class of 2022 than they did from the class of 2021.

"Deciding where to lay the foundation for a long and prosperous career can be a tall order, especially for recent graduates entering the job market for the first time," WalletHub's news release said. "After all, there are many factors — job-market saturation, housing affordability and commuter-friendliness, for instance — to consider about each prospective area.

"Fortunately, new graduates are entering the market at a good time, as the unemployment rate for people ages 20 through 24 is currently 6.9%. The job market has made a huge recovery from the damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic, and employers plan to hire 31.6% more graduates from the Class of 2022 than they did from the Class of 2021."

Click here for the full study results.


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