Unemployment reached an 18-year low last month, slipping to 3.8%. But for those who are still searching, some cities have better prospects than others.
That's the word from Zippia, a San Mateo, California-based job search site, which used data fro the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics to rank the top job markets in the U.S. based on how much local wages rose, unemployment dipped as well as their current jobless rate. 

"These metro areas are home to growing, well-paying jobs,'' Chris Kolmar, Zippia's head of marketing, said in an emailed statement. "These are the metros that have seen bigger decreases in unemployment and increases in wages than competing metros.''
The best spots for jobs are:   

1) San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California

Number of Employed: 1,089,070
Jobless rate: 2.4%
Annual mean wage: $78,990

2) San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California

Number of Employed: 116,630
Jobless rate: 2.6%
Annual mean wage: $48,740

3) Odessa, Texas

Number of Employed: 68,280
Jobless rate: 2.8%
Annual mean wage: $47,160

4) Midland, Texas

Number of Employed: 88,270
Jobless rate: 2.1%
Annual mean wage: $53,190

5) Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina

Number of Employed: 336,560
Jobless rate: 2.3%
Annual mean wage: $44,500

6) Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia

Number of Employed: 69,370
Jobless rate: 2.9%
Annual mean wage: $42,960

7) Florence, South Carolina

Number of Employed: 84,850
Jobless rate: 3.2%
Annual mean wage: $41,010

8) Ann Arbor, Michigan

Number of Employed: 213,990
Jobless rate: 2.8%
Annual mean wage: $56,160

9) Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa

Number of Employed: 88,160
Jobless rate: 2.7%
Annual mean wage: $41,450

10) Roanoke, Virginia

Number of Employed: 152,640
Jobless rate: 2.9%
Annual mean wage: $43,650
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