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Winner and reader pick: Best place to postpone a career
The national economy may be (slowly) rebounding. But for millennials, the stats are still discouraging. Under 50 percent of recent college graduates exited the campus grounds with a job offer. Faced with such prospects, many 20-somethings are choosing to put off climbing the corporate ladder. Honolulu is a great place to postpone that career. The Hawaiian capital’s physical attractions are no secret: a lush mountain backdrop, blissfully sunny weather, and some of the prettiest beaches and best surf breaks in the country. But Honolulu is also a pretty practical escape hatch. There are ample jobs in tourism, retail, and service-related industries, and unemployment here (4.3 percent) is lower than the national average (7.0 percent). While it’s true that Island living can be pricey (groceries are more expensive than on the Mainland, for example), there are deals to be found on housing.