With graduates heading out into the world and searching for their first jobs, it may be worth considering which cities offer the biggest number of employers hanging out "help wanted" signs.
That's especially true given the tough environment facing recent grads, who are entering the work force when the economy is still sputtering and opportunities can seem slim. On top of that, there's fierce competition for those coveted jobs, given the unemployment rate for people 20 to 24 years old is 11.1 percent, or more than double the 5.2 percent rate for workers older than 25.
So which cities offer the greatest number of employers that have job openings? Many of them are the country's biggest cities, such as New York City and Los Angeles, according to an analysis by employment site Glassdoor.com.
Focusing a job search in a city that's packed with hiring companies may make strategic sense, but with a caveat, notes Scott Dobroski of Glassdoor. Job seekers "should consider the number of employers hiring, because they know this is where they have the most opportunity to get their resumes noticed," he said. "But there is also most likely more competition because of the size of the market."
Glassdoor's analysis also included some surprises, such as one Southern city that made the list of the top 10 cities with hiring companies, but which is ranked only 40th in the country by population.
Read on to find out more.