Wallet Hub's heat-map for job hunters.

As the year 2016 marks a new start, continued economic improvement is likely . As the jobless rate keeps improving, it will also be a time for Americans to look for work opportunities.

In addition, a big boost in job prospects and earning potential will be opened up for college graduates, as more than 60% of employers plan to raise starting salaries in 2016, according to the National Association for Business Economics.   

WalletHub staffer Richie Bernardo analyzes 150 most populated U.S. metropolitan areas based on 17 key metrics and comes up with a list of best job-seeking locations for 2016. Key metrics include job opportunities, employment growth, monthly median starting salary (adjusted for cost of living), unemployment rate, time spent working and commuting, and housing affordability.

As a result, the 10 best metros to look for jobs are Plano, Texas, Overland Park, Kan., Austin, Texas, Irving, Texas, Salt Lake City, Utah, Des Moines, Iowa, Irvine, Calif., Madison, Wis., Sioux Falls, S.D., Omaha, Neb. 

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