As the U.S. economy continues to gain momentum, rising employer confidence has led to stronger employment gains.
The job market performed exceedingly well in 2014, and it is not expected to let up this year.
Some cities are projected to experience faster job growth than others, and they are becoming increasingly popular destinations among job seekers.
If you are looking for a job, it is recommended that you give these cities a try:
U.S. Employment Outlook for 2015
According to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 2.95 million jobs were created last year, making 2014 the strongest year for job growth since 1999.
Unemployment rate slipped to 5.6 percent in December, which was significantly lower than the 6.7-percent rate recorded a year before.
This year, economists are expecting employers to become more bullish on employment, resulting in average monthly job gains of 250,000 to 300,000.
Some of the industries that will be seeing significant job growth in 2015 include the restaurant, retail, healthcare, finance and construction industries.
As mentioned in an article entitled “$800 Million Springfield Resort Casino to Create 2,000 Temporary Jobs“, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that the U.S. construction industry will add about 30,000 jobs this spring.
Top 5 Cities for Job Seekers
In a recent survey, Manpower Group asked 18,000 employers from 100 metropolitan statistical areas about their hiring plans for the first quarter of 2015.
Below are the top five cities for jobs in 2015, according to the survey.
Cape Coral, Florida
About 32 percent of employers in Cape Coral, Florida said that they will be stepping up their recruitment efforts. The city is known as one of the top cities for startup businesses, and it is experiencing rapid job growth because of its booming tourism and hospitality industries.
Located at the U.S.-Mexico border, McAllen is home to major facilities belonging to big corporations such as General Electric and Nokia, thanks to the U.S.-Mexico tariff-free trade agreements. These corporations and other employers are fueling job growth in the city, with 29 percent of them projecting an increase in employment.
Deltona ranked joint-third on the list with Grand Rapids, Michigan, with 26 percent of employers planning to hire. This city is producing many new jobs in the hospitality and professional services industries.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan is a hub for auto and aviation manufacturers, as well as office-furniture manufacturers such as Herman Miller. About 26 percent of employers in the city are expecting to hire more workers.
Oxnard, California is home to a major port between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and therefore, it is a city that is driven by international trade. 24 percent of employers from this city indicated that they will increase hiring.
Your ability to land a good job depends mainly on your work experience, academic qualifications and skills.
However, you can increase your chances of success by targeting potential employers that are located in a city with a high job-growth rate.
About the Author: John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from social media marketing to careers.