Given that its unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent is higher than the national average, it was a bit surprising that Wichita was ranked among "America's best places to find a job" by U.S. News & World Report. Wichita's top 10 ranking appears to have been helped by its stable housing market, growing health care sector and proximity to a military base. The ranking did note that "the aviation industry has been affected by the downturn" (talk about an understatement) but said that "the industry's recovery portends a strong opportunity for the city to grow in the future."
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