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Charleston, the best place in WV for summer jobs

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — According to a recent WalletHub study, Charleston, W.Va. is the best place in West Virginia for summer jobs.

As states begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the help of vaccines and booster doses, people are looking for summer jobs. However, a lot of factors come into play when looking for the best ones.

WalletHub compared 182 cities across two key dimensions, “Youth Job Market” and “Social Environment and Affordability”. They used 22 weighted measures across these two dimensions, where each measure was scored on a 100-point scale, “with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for people seeking summer work.”

WalletHub then determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to determine the ranking.

The end result placed Charleston, WV as the 14th best city in the nation to get a summer job, and also the best city in West Virginia.

Best places to get a summer job

General classification Town Total score Youth job market Social environment and affordability
1 Orlando, Florida 60.02 1 16
2 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 59.44 2 13
3 Columbia, MD 58.44 seven 8
4 Scottsdale, AZ 58.22 3 24
5 Juneau, AK 56.76 5 23
6 Warwick, RI 56.20 4 55
seven Rapid City, SD 55.13 8 52
8 Portland, ME 54.76 23 3
9 Huntington Beach, California 53.82 9 42
ten Garden Grove, California 53.73 12 36
11 Miami, Florida 53.73 15 20
12 Tampa, Florida 53.26 11 60
13 Glendale, California 52.99 ten 67
14 Charleston, West Virginia 52.88 6 124
15 Las Vegas, Nevada 52.42 20 18
Note: With the exception of “Total Score”, all columns in the table above describe the relative ranking of this city, where a ranking of 1 represents the best conditions for this metric category.

Charleston, however, wasn’t the only West Virginia city to make the list. With an overall ranking of 112, Huntington, W.Va also tied for the highest percentage of the population ages 16-24 in poverty with Burlington, Vt.

Metric:

Youth labor market – Total points: 75

  • Availability of summer jobs: full weighting (~5.36 points)
    Note: This measure measures the number of part-time and temporary jobs per total civilian population aged 16-24 in the labor force.
  • Availability of internships: double weighting (~10.71 points)
    Note: This metric measures the number of internship advertisements per total civilian population aged 16-24 in the labor force.
  • Summer employment growth: double weighted (~10.71 points)
    Note: This measure measures changes in employment over the summer of 2021 and over the summer of 2020.
  • Summer job bump: double weighted (~10.71 points)
    Note: This measure measures the difference in employment during the summer versus the full year. A higher difference favors summer employment.
  • Labor market participation rate of the population aged 16 to 24: total weighting (~5.36 points)
  • Unemployment rate of the population aged 16 to 24: full weighting (~5.36 points)
  • Underemployment rate: total weighting (~5.36 points)
  • Net job prospects: total weight (~5.36 points)
    Note: This metric measures the percentage of employers who expect to add employees minus the percentage who expect to have fewer, according to Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey.
  • Ratio of part-time workers to full-time workers: total weighting (~5.36 points)
    Note: This measure measures the number of part-time employees per 100 full-time employees.
  • Median income of part-time workers: total weight (~5.36 points)
    Note: This measure has been adjusted for cost of living.
  • Share of insured part-time workers: total weighting (~5.36 points)
    Note: “Insured” refers to persons covered by health insurance.

Social environment and affordability – Total points: 25

  • Share of population aged 16-24: total weighting (~2.08 points)
  • Share of population aged 16-24 in poverty: total weighting (~2.08 points)
  • Minimum wage: total weighting (~2.08 points)
    Note: Data for this statistic was only available at the state level.
  • Rental price as a share of median income: total weight (~2.08 points)
    Note: This metric measures the rental price of a one-bedroom property as a share of the median income of part-time workers.
  • Access to public transport: total weight (~2.08 points)
    Note: This metric measures the percentage of commuters who use public transportation.
  • Jobs suitable for commuters: total weight (~2.08 points)
    Note: This measure measures the number of jobs accessible by a 30-minute transit ride per total employed civilian population.
  • Annual transit pass costs for part-time workers: total weight (~2.08 points)
    Note: This indicator measures annual transit pass costs as a share of median earnings of part-time workers.
  • Playful friendliness: total weight (~2.08 points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s “Most Fun Cities in America” ​​ranking.
  • Friendliness with an active lifestyle: total weight (~2.08 points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s “Best and Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle” ranking.
  • Singles friendliness: total weight (~2.08 points)
    Note: This metric is based on WalletHub’s “Best and Worst Cities for Singles” ranking.
  • Percentage of residents fully immunized: double weighted (~4.17 points)

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