Looking for Work? Head to Texas

Dana Wilkie

Here’s a tip for 2016 job seekers: Head to Plano, Texas, a short drive from Dallas and an affluent hub for corporate headquarters such as J.C. Penney and Frito-Lay. Plano is the U.S. city with the very best opportunities for employment, according to a new analysis.

The worst place to find a job? That would be Stockton, Calif., located in the economically depressed Central Valley and the second-largest city to file for bankruptcy protection after the 2008 financial crisis.

Personal finance website WalletHub compared 150 of the most populated cities across 17 key metrics, ranging from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly median starting salary, to come up with the best and worst places in the U.S. to look for work.

In 2016’s Best & Worst Cities to Find a Job,released Jan. 4, WalletHub found that three cities in Texas—Plano at No. 1, Austin at No. 3 and Irving at No. 4—were among the top 5 places to find employment.

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