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Worst Cities For Job Seekers

This economy of ours is really starting to feel like an episode of Lost. Questions keep surfacing only to go unanswered, and nobody knows when or how this is going to the end. If you’re feeling like your stuck on a deserted and jobless island, it might be because you are. There are several states and metropolitan areas that have been and continue to be hit harder than any others.

States feeling the biggest aftershocks of the housing crisis also carry the highest unemployment rates, like Nevada at 13.4 percent, California at 11.7 and Florida at 10.3 according to Labor Department statistics. Several job search aggregators have been comparing the amount of posts on their sites with Bureau of Labor Statistics data on the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country. The results could provide useful for job seekers looking to relocate to greener pastures.

According to these studies, the worst place for a job seeker to take their talents is down to South Beach. Miami looks to be the worst metropolitan area to land a job, where up to four job seekers are applying for any given position. There’s nothing heavenly about the market in the City of Angels either, where they have 3.48 job seekers for every open position. L.A.’s eastern neighbor, Riverside, comes in a close third with 3.25 unemployed people per job posting. Going even further east, one would think with all the tourists migrating during the winter months that Sin City wouldn’t be hurting as bad with 3.1 potential applicants per job, but it is. And rounding out the top five, it should come as no shock that Motown – Detroit comes in with 2.75 possible applicants per listing.

If you’re native to one of those areas, it’s not as if the sirens are sounding and you need to run for crawl space but you should realize your chances of landing a job are considerably better elsewhere. Instead, possibly consider research places like San Jose, Washington D.C. and New York with possible applicants per posting of 2, 1.7 and 1.2, respectively. If only being a job seeker paid. If things don’t pick up soon, job seekers might realize the traffic they’re creating for job boards and start demanding a share of the profits.

Just kidding, obviously…


Michael Doan

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