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Sacramento lands on list of worst cities for starting a career

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Five people conducting interviews at the Career Fair held on Thursday, March 24 at the USCB Hilton Head Gateway Campus give a few tips on things to do -- and not to do -- when applying for a job.
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Five people conducting interviews at the Career Fair held on Thursday, March 24 at the USCB Hilton Head Gateway Campus give a few tips on things to do -- and not to do -- when applying for a job.

With May coming to an end, millions have either already graduated from college or will soon do so, hoping their degree gives way to a successful career.

Well, according to one recent survey, Sacramento may not be the best place for that. A Bankrate.com report released Thursday ranked Sacramento at No. 3 on its list of the “Worst Cities to Start a Career,” just ahead of Miami.

Bankrate’s survey looked the 50 biggest metropolitan areas in the US, ranking the 10 best and 10 worst. The list took into account factors including employment opportunity, career potential and affordability. It used data from a variety of sources including the U.S. Census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

Three other California cities made the lists. San Bernardino was named the worst city in which to begin work, while San Francisco (No. 10) and San Jose (No. 7) made the “Best” list.

Houston won the honor of the best city, followed by the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area at No. 2 and Washington D.C. at No. 3.

However, a different personal finance website disagrees. WalletHub posted its own list of the best and worst career-launching cities earlier this month. Of 150 ranked cities, Sacramento came in at No. 59. WalletHub looked at factors like the number of entry-level jobs and speed of job growth.

WalletHub’s list was topped by Salt Lake City, Utah. Ranked last at No. 150 was Newark, New Jersey. Bankrate’s winner, Houston, came in at No. 42.

WalletHub focused on the country’s 150 largest cities rather than metropolitan areas.

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