published on May 9, 2016 - 1:06 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

A new survey from financial website WalletHub names Fresno as the second worst city in the country to start a career.

While Salt Lake City, Denver and Austin ranked at the top of the survey, Fresno finished 149 out of 150 major U.S. cities — just ahead of last place city Detroit — in terms of job opportunities for new graduates.

The survey based its findings on 17 “key” metrics, such as number of entry-level jobs, median starting salary and housing affordability.

Fresno ranked highest (42nd) in the survey in terms of “workforce diversity” and lowest — dead last — in terms of the overall unemployment rate. The city also ranked poorly in terms of monthly median salary (130th) and percentage of the population with at least a bachelor’s degree (132nd).

Even in light of Fresno’s poor showing, the survey authors say Class of 2016 grads across the country have reason to be optimistic. “Not only do more employers plan to hire recent college grads in 2016, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, but hiring in general is also on the rise,” said the survey’s authors.

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