Jobs least difficult to find in San Jose, CA, and Washington, D.C.

Times are tough all over, but finding employment is least difficult among the largest 50 U.S. cities in San Jose, California, and most difficult in the Detroit metropolitan area, according to the Job Search Difficulty Index released this month by Juju.com, an online job search engine.

In San Jose, there were 1.712 unemployed individuals per advertised job, slightly fewer than Washington, D.C., which topped the list in February with 1.89 unemployed individuals per advertised job, according to the index.
 
Although St. Louis and Detroit have been at the bottom of the list all year, their numbers are improving. Since January, St. Louis’s unemployed individuals per advertised job fell to 13.75 from 18.63. In the Motor City, the number of unemployed individuals per advertised job fell to 14.45 from 20.01 in January.
 
“We have found that the cities near the top of the rankings have a higher concentration of open jobs in health care, government, education, defense, and information technology,” Brendan Cruickshank, Juju.com vice president, told AccountingWEB. “The cities near the bottom of the rankings have suffered as a result of a slowdown in the mortgage/construction industries and leisure/tourism/hospitality industries.”
 
The index, which measures the difficulty of finding employment in major U.S. cities, was calculated by dividing the number of unemployed workers in each metro area as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the number of jobs in Juju's index of online jobs, which is compiled and updated continuously from thousands of employer career portals, recruiter Web sites, and job boards.
 

Job search difficulty
(least to most difficult)
Metro
Change since last
ranking
Unemployed
individuals per
advertised job
Population rank
1
San Jose, CA
1
1.712
31
2
Washington, DC
-1
1.7121
9
3
Baltimore, MD
0
2.35
20
4
New York, NY
1
2.5
1
5
Hartford, CT
2
2.94
45
6
Salt Lake City, UT
-2
2.96
49
7
San Antonio, TX
4
3.23
28
8
Denver, CO
1
3.3
21
9
Oklahoma City, OK
-3
3.33
44
10
Austin, TX
0
3.44
36
11
Boston, MA
-3
3.51
10
12
Dallas, TX
3
3.82
4
13
Indianapolis, IN
1
3.85
33
14
Pittsburgh, PA
-2
3.87
22
15
Philadelphia, PA
2
4
5
16
Seattle, WA
0
4.01
15
17
San Francisco, CA
-4
4.12
13
18
Milwaukee, WI
0
4.32
39
19
Richmond, VA
1
4.5
43
20
St. Paul, MN
-1
4.52
16
21
Virginia Beach, VA
0
4.81
35
22
Tampa, FL
12
4.84
19
23
Atlanta, GA
0
4.86
8
24
Cleveland, OH
3
4.88
26
25
Nashville, TN
0
4.93
38
26
Houston, TX
-4
4.93
6
27
Kansas City, MO
-1
5
29
28
Phoenix, AZ
-4
5.09
12
29
Charlotte, NC
-1
5.45
34
30
San Diego, CA
-1
5.45
17
31
Columbus, OH
0
5.51
32
32
New Orleans, LA
-2
5.8
46
33
Louisville, KY
0
5.86
42
34
Buffalo, NY
1
6.02
47
35
Rochester, NY
-3
6.17
50
36
Cincinnati, OH
1
6.23
24
37
Chicago, IL
-1
6.3
3
38
Jacksonville, FL
0
6.46
40
39
Orlando, FL
1
6.93
27
40
Sacramento, CA
5
6.98
25
41
Memphis, TN
-2
7.17
41
42
Birmingham, AL
1
7.65
48
43
Portland, OR
-1
7.66
23
44
Providence, RI
-3
7.72
37
45
Los Angeles, CA
-1
8.75
2
46
Riverside, CA
0
9.72
14
47
Las Vegas, NV
0
10.21
30
48
Miami, FL
0
11.74
7
49
St. Louis, MO
0
13.75
18
50
Detroit, MI
0
14.45
11
 

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