Fort Worth ranks 27th on career list

A.Lee Graham


When it comes to job prospects, Fort Worth ranks 27th on a newly released list of the best U.S. cities to start a career.

The list, released by online resource WalletHub, also placed Cowtown 63rd in terms of quality of life and 18th in professional opportunities.

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In a news release accompanying the list, WalletHub compared the employment struggles of U.S. youth and those of young people in Spain and Greece, where unemployment exceeds 50 percent. That compares to the current 15.5 percent unemployment rate for Americans between 18 and 29 years of age.

“There is, nevertheless, reason for optimism among the graduating class of 2014 as well as the scores of young people who have become so disillusioned with the job market that they have given up their search for employment,” reads a portion of the WalletHub news release.

Aiming to help recent college graduates find the best locations for their new careers, WalletHub analyzed the 150 largest U.S. cities to determine the relative strength of their job markets, the attractiveness of their social scenes, and various other factors that are important to new job market entrants.

Among other Texas cities making the list were Irving, at number three; Arlington and Plano, which just edged out Fort Worth, at 26th and 27th, respectively; and Grand Prairie, Dallas and Houston. In all, 16 Texas were ranked on the list.

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The complete list can be viewed at