Best Places for Summer Jobs – WalletHub Study


With summer approaching and the leisure and hospitality sectors gaining 331,000 jobs in April, entertainment and tourism that were restricted during the pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2021’s Best Places for Summer Jobs, as well as accompanying videos.

To help job seekers find the best summer employment opportunities, WalletHub compared more than 180 markets in the U.S. across 23 key metrics. The data set ranges from the median income of part-time workers to the availability of summer jobs to COVID-19 cases.

Top 20 Cities for Summer Jobs
1. Scottsdale, AZ 11. Missoula, MT
2. Bismarck, ND 12. Columbia, MD
3. Cheyenne, WY 13. West Valley City, UT
4. Billings, MT 14. South Burlington, VT
5. Salt Lake City, UT 15. Minneapolis, MN
6. Overland Park, KS 16. Rapid City, SD
7. Juneau, AK 17. Tempe, AZ
8. Charleston, WV 18. Dover, DE
9. Boise, ID 19. Chandler, AZ
10. Portland, ME 20. Fargo, ND

Best vs. Worst

  • Orlando, Florida, has the most part-time job openings per 1,000 people aged 16 to 24 in the labor force, 317.59, which is 23.4 times higher than in New York, the city with the fewest at 13.59.
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the highest median income for part-time workers (adjusted for cost of living), $27,317, which is than 3.5 times higher than in New York, the city with the lowest at $7,817.
  • Portland, Maine, has the highest labor-force participation rate of people aged 16 to 24, 78.12 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Irvine, California, the city with the lowest at 37.25 percent.
  • Portland, Maine, has the lowest unemployment rate for people aged 16 to 24, 4.57 percent, which is 6.2 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 28.31 percent.
  • Gilbert, Arizona, has the lowest share of people aged 16 to 24 living in poverty, 6.91 percent, which is 8.1 times lower than in Burlington, Vermont, the city with the highest at 55.81 percent.

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