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The ongoing coronavirus crisis has affected almost every facet of life, and one of the toughest challenges Americans face has been disrupting the job market, a fact that can jeopardize their hard-earned savings.
While the national unemployment rate was still a whopping 11.1% in June 2020, that percentage is a decrease from months ago as people in the US look for ways to adjust to the new normal and stay employed.
However, some parts of the US have better chances of offering employment prospects in this environment. SmartAsset analyzed data from a variety of sources to find the country's metro areas with the best career opportunities in the COVID-19 downturn.
To find the best jobs for career opportunities in the COVID-19 recession, we analyzed data for 200 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas using the following seven metrics:
- Unemployment rate. Dates are for May 2020.
- Change in total employment from 2019 to 2020. This number shows the percentage change in total employment in a metropolitan area from May 2019 to May 2020.
- The middle income. This is the average annual income of all employees as of 2019.
- Income growth over the course of a career. This is the percentage change in median income for households where the household head was between 25 and 44 years old compared to households where the household head was between 54 and 64 years old. The data comes from the Census Bureau's five-year 2018 survey of the American community.
- Average annual housing costs. The data comes from the Census Bureau's 2018 five-year American community survey.
- Number of career counselors per 1,000 employees. Dates are for 2019.
- Number of post-secondary teachers per 1,000 employees. Dates are for 2019.
Data are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics unless otherwise noted.
First, we ranked each subway area in each metric. We then took the average ranking of each area and weighted all metrics equally, except for the number of career counselors and the number of post-secondary teachers, each assigned half a weight.
The subway areas were classified according to this average. The subway area with the highest average ranking received a score of 100. The subway area with the lowest average ranking received a score of 0.
Below are the best metro areas for career opportunities amid the pandemic.