2022’s Best Places for Summer Jobs – WalletHub Study

Staff Report

Tuesday, May 31st, 2022

With summer approaching and the leisure and hospitality sectors gaining 78,000 jobs in April, the personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2022’s Best Places for Summer Jobs, as well as accompanying videosand expert commentary.

To help job seekers find the best summer employment opportunities, WalletHub compared more than 180 markets in the U.S. across 22 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. Orlando, FL

11. Miami, FL

2. Fort Lauderdale, FL

12. Tampa, FL

3. Columbia, MD

13. Glendale, CA

4. Scottsdale, AZ

14. Charleston, WV

5. Juneau, AK

15. Las Vegas, NV

6. Warwick, RI

16. St. Petersburg, FL

7. Rapid City, SD

17. Pearl City, HI

8. Portland, ME

18. Salt Lake City, UT

9. Huntington Beach, CA

19. Wilmington, DE

10. Garden Grove, CA

20. Seattle, WA

Best vs. Worst 

  • Newport News, Virginia, has the most part-time job openings per 1,000 people aged 16 to 24 in the labor force, 707.04, which is 33.5 times higher than in New York, the city with the fewest at 21.12. 
  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the highest median income for part-time workers (adjusted for cost of living), $28,858, which is than 3.6 times higher than in New York, the city with the lowest at $8,068. 
  • South Burlington, Vermont, has the highest labor-force participation rate of people aged 16 to 24, 86.02 percent, which is 2.2 times higher than in Irvine, California, the city with the lowest at 38.30 percent. 
  • Madison, Wisconsin, has the lowest unemployment rate for people aged 16 to 24, 5.15 percent, which is 5.3 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 27.54 percent. 
  • Fremont, California, has the lowest share of people aged 16 to 24 living in poverty, 6.59 percent, which is nine times lower than in Burlington, Vermont, the city with the highest at 59.04 percent. 

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