Karen Testa, AP

New research from the Economic Policy Institute shows that the average hourly wage for college graduates has dropped 11 percent for men, to $21.68, and 6.7 percent for women, to $18.80. But some cities provide a good situation for recent college graduates. Here's Rent.com's best cities for college graduates, with wage figures and unemployment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Boston
Karen Testa, AP

Unemployment rate: 5.8 percent. Average wage (hourly, as of May 2010): $27.19.

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
Jim Mone, AP

Unemployment rate: 5.5 percent. Average wage (hourly, as of May 2010): $23.63.

Seattle, Wash.
Barry Sweet, AP

Unemployment rate: 7.8 percent. Average wage (hourly, as of may 2010): $26.25.

Houston, Tex.
David J. Phillip, AP

Unemployment rate: 7.3 percent. Average wage (hourly, as of May 2010): $22.26.

Baltimore, Md.
Carlos Osario, AP

Unemployment rate: 6.8 percent. Average wage (hourly, as of May 2010): $24.00.

Dallas, Tex.
Brandon Wade, AP

Unemployment rate: 7.1 percent. Average wage (hourly, as of May 2010): $22.53.

Kansas City, MO.
Charlie Riedel, AP

Unemployment rate: 6.8 percent. Average wage (hourly, as of May 2010): $24.00.

Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
Paul Sancya, AP

Unemployment rate: 8.0 percent. Average wage (hourly, as of May 2010): $21.54.

Washington D.C., including Arlington and Alexandria, VA.
Jacquelyn Martin, AP

Unemployment rate: 5.5 percent. Average wage (hourly, as of May 2010): $29.95.

Austin, Tex.
Harry Cabluck, AP

Unemployment rate: 6.3 percent. Average wage (hourly, as of May 2010): $22.18.