Last week the monthly report by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions showed Albuquerque added 7,200 jobs in the month of November. This week a new national report puts Albuquerque solidly in the middle of the pack among U.S. cities to find a job.
The WalletHub report ranks Albuquerque 73rd out of the 150 U.S. metros studied in “2016’s Best & Worst Cities to Find a Job.”
The study looked at 150 of the most populated U.S. cities across 17 metrics, ranging from job opportunities and starting salaries to housing affordability, commute times and employment growth.
In the two main ranking categories, Albuquerque scored 77th for its job market, but made up ground in the “socioeconomic environment” category, ranking 53rd.
The Texas cities of Plano, Austin and Irving captured three of the top four spots as the best places to find a job in the U.S. for 2016.
Neighboring metro Denver placed 12th in the U.S. Phoenix was 47th, while Tuscon placed 110th and El Paso 85th.
The National Association for Business Economics expects nonfarm employment to grow by nearly 210,000 jobs per month as national unemployment falls to 4.7 percent by the fourth quarter.
The full WalletHub report can be seen here.