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Charlotte is 3rd-best city for job seekers, NerdWallet says

The view of the Charlotte skyline, from Crowders Mountain in Gaston County, 30 miles away. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
The view of the Charlotte skyline, from Crowders Mountain in Gaston County, 30 miles away. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com

If you’re looking for a job in Charlotte, you’re in the right place, according to NerdWallet.

The consumer finance site this week ranked Charlotte the third-best city in the United States for those looking for work, just below Lincoln, Neb., and Fort Worth, Texas. Also in the top 10 was Greensboro, which came in No. 6.

The report gauged affordability, workforce growth and job availability of the 100 largest American cities to determine the rankings.

Charlotte’s working-age population, which the Census Bureau defines as those 18 to 64 years old, grew 12.7 percent, faster than any other city in the top 10, from 2009 to 2013. Area unemployment in November, the most recent figure available, was 4.1 percent, NerdWallet noted, well below the current national rate of 5.6 percent.

At $41,960, the median salary for a Charlottean is slightly lower than the rest of the United States, NerdWallet said, but with a median monthly rent of $888, Charlotte is also a bit cheaper than other high-ranking cities on the list.

Also in Charlotte’s favor, according to NerdWallet, is the presence of a half dozen Fortune 500 headquarters, including Bank of America, Lowe’s and Duke Energy.

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