Is NC really a job seeker’s paradise? Here’s how its cities rank in a new study.

Is NC really a job seeker’s paradise? Here’s how its cities rank in a new study.

RALEIGH, NC (News and Observer) - Despite all its growth and possibilities, North Carolina may not be a job seeker's paradise.

That's what a recent ranking of the nation's best places to find a job suggests, anyway.

No North Carolina city made the top third on the list of more than 180 U.S. cities WalletHub compared across 26 categories measuring job-market strength.

The state's top spots, Raleigh and Charlotte, ranked 65th and 68th, respectively. Durham (No. 96) was the only other N.C. location to break the top 100.

That's a pretty significant turnaround from May, when Indeed ranked Raleigh the third-best city in the U.S. for job seekers and Charlotte No. 19.

The WalletHub study considered 26 metrics related to job markets and socioeconomics, including job opportunities, economic growth, job satisfaction, housing affordability and family-friendliness.

Four of the top-five cities on the list are suburbs of Phoenix: Chandler (No. 1), Scottsdale (2), Peoria (4) and Gilbert. San Francisco came in third.

Other North Carolina cities making the list were Winston-Salem (ranked 149th), Greensboro (153rd) and Fayetteville (170th).

WalletHub is a personal finance website that also regularly releases surveys and research reports on various topics.