I'm a new grad in San Antonio, TX. I graduated Dec. 11th, took my NCLEX Jan. 7th, and was hired on Jan 11th.
The job I got doesn't have an orientation until Feb 14th, so I won't actually 'start' until then, but my job is secured.
A large reason I got the job right off the bat is because I did 2 years of nursing school
clinicals in the facility and they knew me, and my work, well. I honestly believe this played a huge part in my being hired. There were many other nurses applying for the spot I wanted (experienced nurses) but I got it. Why? Because they knew me, and honestly, because the don't have to pay me as much as someone with years of experience.
Most of the people I graduated with (all of those who have passed NCLEX, we have a few stragglers that haven't taken it yet) have already secured their jobs. So, I'm thinking San Antonio is a good place! It may be in part due to our clinicals being in the facilities we chose to work, but it's also just a good market right now!