Where is DC on the "Good Job" Scale?

If you're looking for a good job -- defined as one that offers 30 or more hours of work per week with a regular paycheck -- head to our nation's capital.  For the third year in a row, Washington, DC, is number one on Gallup's "Good Jobs" rating, which ranks U.S. metropolitan areas that have a high percentage of good jobs available to those who are seeking employment. The report was issued in 2017, but it is based on 2016 data. These cities have several things in common: Quite a few are state capitals (or the nation's capital) with strong technology hubs. In addition, the top six cities have been in the top 10 rankings since Gallup began comparing the 50 most populous U.S. metros in 2014. The top 10 U.S. cities with the best jobs and their 2016 Gallup Good Jobs rating:

  1. Washington, DC (54.6 percent)
  2. Minneapolis (53.4 percent)
  3. Austin (52.4 percent)
  4. Salt Lake City (52 percent)
  5. Raleighm NC (51.8 percent)
  6. Denver (51.6 percent)
  7. Nashville (51.1 percent)
  8. Columbus, OH (50.8 percent)
  9. Baltimore (50.5 percent)
  10. Dallas (50.4 percent)