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It's a New Year and time to look forward to a fresh start. For some, this means seeking out a new job. With the unemployment rate falling and the hiring rate on the upswing, 2018 is set to be a year of prospects and potential.

As per the personal finance website WalletHub, "College graduates, especially, will see a strong boost in their job prospects. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers plan to hire 4 percent more members from the Class of 2018 than from the previous graduating cohort."

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But even those already in the workforce can look forward to new job possibilities in 2018. There is no time like the present to jump into a new career, seek out a better salary, or even move to a new city with more opportunity. That is where WalletHub's recent report comes in – 2018's best places to find a job in the U.S.

182 American cities were reviewed and ranked based on their "indicators of job-market strength" across two key dimensions – socio-economics and job market. 26 metrics were studied by WalletHubs's panel of experts throughout each city and weighed accordingly based on WalletHub's unique methodology. These factors included job opportunities, employment growth, average monthly starting salary, unemployment rate, median annual income, average work hours, average commute time, affordable housing, etc.

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After all key indicators were measured and scaled, the WalletHub team listed all 182 cities looked at from 1 to 182. Which cities came out on top for the best places to find a job in 2018? Here are the top 10 cities. If you are seeking a new job this year, you are in luck if you live in one of these places. Or perhaps you will consider relocating to find your dream job. (#1 is the overall best).

1.Chandler, AZ


2.Scottsdale, AZ


3.San Francisco, CA


4.Peoria, AZ


5.Gilbert, AZ


6.Plano, TX


7.Portland, ME


8.Irvine, CA


9.Madison, WI


10.Boston, MA

Arizona is looking great for job seekers in 2018, taking 4 of the 5 top slots. The weather may be dry, but in terms of career potential, the opportunity is overflowing!

As for the bottom 10, here are WalletHub's worst places to find a job this year. (#1 is the worst).

1.Shreveport, LA


2.Detroit, MI


3.Newark, NJ


4.Columbus, GA


5.Birmingham, AL


6.New Orleans, LA


7.Hialeah, FL


8.Fresno, CA


9.Montgomery, AL


10.Mobile, AL

Three of Alabama's major cities landed in the bottom 10. Would you move out of state for a better job or at least the chance for one?

Some noteworthy tidbits from the WalletHub report…

Looking for a nice starting salary? Then again, who isn't? The highest monthly average starting salary based on cost of living was found in San Jose, CA - $5,441. San Jose ranked at 32 on the WalletHub report.

The highest median annual household income (also adjusted by cost of living) is $89,013 found in Columbia, MD. Columbia came in at an impressive #15.

Where is unemployment at its worst? That would be Detroit, MI with a 10.9% unemployment rate. Detroit ranked at 181, just a point shy of coming in last.

For more information about this job-related WalletHub study, their methodology, and the full 182-city ranking, please see the entire report. To read some information about 2017's best and worst cities for jobs, see PayPath's review of last year's study where Scottsdale, AZ came in at the top of the list and Detroit clocked in as worst.

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If you are seeking a job this year, good luck! May where you live be an attribute when it comes to your future success.

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.