Cities With Jobs: Yes, They Do Exist


humbertomoreno, job search difficulty index Summer: Time for flip-flops, beach vacations and the hunt for that first post-college job for recent grads. According to the job search engine, Juju.com, certain towns offer better career opportunities than others.

Measuring a city's unemployed population versus the number of advertised positions, Juju's June list ranks Washington, D.C. as the easiest urban area to find work (with a scant 1.28 unemployed workers for every job) and St. Louis, Mo. as the worst (with more than 12 out of work people for every position on the market). Rounding out the top five for available employment are: San Jose, Calif., New York City, Baltimore and Hartford, Conn.

But, of course, a job isn't everything ...

A re-read of the RentedSpaces article from last week that presented the top-rated cities for new grads shows that several cities, like Phoenix and Atlanta, ranked high in livability due to the high concentration of young adults and low rents, but low on the percentage of jobs available. A study by CareerRookie.com that evaluates a city by the number of entry-level positions available, rental prices and concentration of young adults, ages 20 to 24, ranks Atlanta, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas and Boston as the top spots for recent grads, despite the fact that they boast fewer available jobs than Washington, D.C. and San Jose.

When evaluating employment studies, it's best to examine them with a grain -- or quarry -- of salt. Since employment trends vary wildly by industry, location and position level, blanket studies like Juju's may or may not indicate how readily you personally will be able to find a job in a particular destination. While jobs may exist in Washington, D.C. and San Jose, Juju's study doesn't indicate if they're all minimum wage positions or pay respectable salaries.

Finding where the jobs are is a question that's highly debated among statisticians. A study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D. are the three towns with the lowest level of unemployment in the country (approximately 3.5 percent). To find out if a given destination has work available to you, it's best to ignore generalized lists and head directly to local job-search boards to see who's hiring in your industry.

The same goes for livability studies. A survey conducted by Gradspot.com listed Chicago, San Francisco and New York City as the best places for recent grads, despite the fact that none of these cities cracked the top five on CareerRookie's list. Whether Juju's list of towns with available positions fit your personal style and career goals, they're good places to begin the hunt for a job. Here's the full list for June:


Job Search Difficulty (Least -> Most)

Metro

Change Since Last Ranking

Unemployed Individuals Per Advertised Job

1

Washington, DC

0

1.28

2

San Jose, CA

0

1.64

3

New York, NY

0

1.76

4

Baltimore, MD

0

1.78

5

Hartford, CT

2

2.27

6

Oklahoma City, OK

-1

2.46

7

Boston, MA

2

2.75

8

Salt Lake City, UT

0

2.80

9

San Antonio, TX

-3

2.84

10

Denver, CO

1

2.85

11

Austin, TX

-1

2.90

12

Seattle, WA

1

2.99

13

Philadelphia, PA

2

3.21

14

Richmond, VA

9

3.25

15

Indianapolis, IN

-1

3.40

16

Milwaukee, WI

3

3.41

17

Kansas City, MO

-1

3.41

18

Cleveland, OH

3

3.48

19

Dallas, TX

-7

3.50

20

Pittsburgh, PA

0

3.51

21

St. Paul, MN

3

3.60

22

Virginia Beach, VA

4

3.65

23

Charlotte, NC

5

3.77

24

New Orleans, LA

-6

3.81

25

San Francisco, CA

-8

3.83

26

Tampa, FL

7

3.92

27

Nashville, TN

-5

3.94

28

Atlanta, GA

-3

4.20

29

Phoenix, AZ

5

4.31

30

Buffalo, NY

-3

4.42

31

Houston, TX

-2

4.43

32

Columbus, OH

-1

4.44

33

Rochester, NY

-3

4.60

34

Jacksonville, FL

3

4.81

35

San Diego, CA

-3

4.81


Courtesy Juju.com


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