Hawaii has the lowest monthly starting salaries: study

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — A new study has ranked the best and worst cities to start your career in, and Hawaii didn’t come out on top.

WalletHuba free credit score website, ranked cities based on different metrics such as entry-level job availability, average monthly salary, annual job growth, workforce diversity labour, share of working poverty and more.

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The study reports that new graduates are hitting the market at the right time, with the unemployment rate for people aged 20 to 34 at 6.9%.

They also report that the job market is recovering from the damage caused by the pandemic and that employers plan to hire 31.6% more graduates from the Class of 2022 than they did from the Class of 2021.

According to the study, the top three cities to start your career in are Salt Lake City, Utah, Orlando, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Honolulu and Pearl City are tied for having the lowest average monthly starting salaries. Pearl City also came in third for having the fewest entry-level jobs.

WalletHub compared 182 cities across two key dimensions, “Business Opportunities” and “Quality of Life”. Their sample considered only popular cities in each case and excluded cities in the surrounding metropolitan area.

Rochelle Parks-Yancy is a management professor at Texas Southern University who said staying focused is the best thing for new hires.

“That includes staying on top of what’s becoming more professionally prevalent in your field and not limiting yourself to just one industry,” Parks-Yancy said. “Instead, focus on building talent, skills, and abilities that are in demand across many industries.”

She said the days of expecting to build your career in one company are long gone. Instead, people should stay professionally nimble.

“Stay ready to get a new job at any time,” Parks-Yancy said. “Employers cut staff when they think it’s a good business decision. Thus, people should remain open to new opportunities.

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To read WalletHub’s full report ranking the best and worst cities to start a career in, head over to their website.

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