Houston doesn't even place in the top ten job markets and is surpassed by Omaha and Sioux Freaking Falls, according to a new Wallethub study.
The study "compared 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 17 key metrics," and presto, it turns out that Plano is the strongest job market. Houston had the highest monthly median starting salary but didn't do so well in other categories, thus placing at 25. Austin and Irving came in at three and four, respectively. (Dallas just beat out H-town, sneaking in at 24).
According to Wallethub, "The National Association for Business Economics expects nonfarm employment to grow by nearly 210,000 jobs per month as unemployment falls to 4.7 percent by [the] fourth quarter." Also, "college grads will see the biggest boost in their job prospects and earning potential."
The study measured things like employment growth, monthly median salary, unemployment rate, industry variety, and housing affordability.
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While we remain suspicious of any study in which Nebraska and South Dakota cities are presented as the gold standard, the study is worth taking a gander at, especially if you're a recent college grad, or looking for another job. Or if you're just looking for a good excuse to move to Plano.