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Willingness to Relocate Could Give Job Hunters Big Edge

Willingness to Relocate Could Give Job Hunters Big Edge
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Would you ever relocate for a job? The decision to move for your career is a huge one, and more than half of job seekers in the United States haven't even considered it, according to new research.

Fifty-eight percent of job seekers surveyed said they haven't ever thought about relocating for a job, but 42 percent have considered it, according to a new survey from online job board ZipRecruiter.

The study also looked at why those who do choose to relocate are willing to pack up and move for their careers. Making more money was the top reason, at 71.4 percent, followed by better quality of life (49 percent), more job availability (30.5 percent) and a shorter commute (26.5 percent). Respondents were able to choose more than one option. 

So where are job seekers willing to move? Answers varied based on respondents' current locations. For example, those in Atlanta said they'd be most willing to move to New York, while job seekers in Minneapolis said they'd be most willing to move to Los Angeles. People in Los Angeles, however, would consider moving to Riverside, California, and New Yorkers were most interested in moving to Philadelphia.

While responses were different around the country, the majority (34.1 percent) of job seekers said they felt that the South was the part of the country with the best job market. The Northeast was next, at 28.7 percent, followed by the West (26.4 percent) and the Midwest (10.8 percent).

Another interesting finding showed how far job seekers are willing to commute to their jobs. Not surprisingly, the majority (68.8 percent) said they'd want their commute to be 25 miles (40 kilometers) or less. Beyond that, 21.2 percent said they were willing to commute 50 miles (80.5 km) or less, 2.6 percent said 75 miles (121 km) or less, and 7.4 percent said they were willing to commute more than 75 miles.

Brittney Morgan

Brittney Q. Morgan is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor, as well as a graduate of Drew University, where she majored in History. Her work can be found all across the web at Apartment Therapy, HuffPost, and more. You can also find her on Twitter at @brittneyplz.