If you thought Las Vegas was one of the worst places to find a job, you might be on to something — if you want to work in a big city, that is. Of the 50 largest metro areas in the nation, Las Vegas ranks 49th, but some of the better-ranked metros aren’t too far away.
Job site Glassdoor ranked the metros by determining how easy it is to get a job, how affordable it is to live there and how satisfied employees are working there (from the feedback on their website).
Las Vegas got its low spot on the ranking for its low cumulative score: 45 for job opportunity, 35 for cost of living and 49 for job satisfaction. Riverside, Calif., was the only area to do worse.
The top major metro areas for jobs included Raleigh, N.C., Kansas City, Mo., and Oklahoma City. If you don’t want to move that far in hopes of a job, Salt Lake City made the 6th spot and San Jose, Calif., came in 7th.
In May, the Economic Forum projected Nevada’s job growth to increase at a steady rate through 2017, but the state still had 87,000 fewer jobs than it had in 2007.
Projects in Las Vegas such as Resorts World Las Vegas, the MGM-AEG arena and the Global Business District from Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, as well as other construction statewide, are expected to create 60,000 new positions, an 18 percent increase of jobs.