Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job

Last Updated May 7, 2010 11:46 AM EDT

Need a job? Move to San Jose, Calif., or Washington, D.C.

In these lucky cities, you'll find one job posting for every unemployed person, according to job search web site Indeed.com.

The U.S. Labor Department reported this morning that the economy added 290,000 jobs, including some 65,000 temporary Census workers, last month. But unemployment rose because workers who had previously been too discouraged to keep looking decided to hit the pavement again as they saw signs that the job market was improving.

Your ability to find work is still likely to be highly dependent on where you live and seek employment, however.

If you're looking for a job in Miami, Los Angeles or Detroit, the prospects remain bleak, according to Indeed.com, which gathers job postings from thousands of websites, corporate job boards and newspapers, in an attempt to get a comprehensive look at the employment situation.

In Miami there are nine job seekers for every available position, the web site says. The picture is similarly bleak in Los Angeles, where there are eight job seekers for every job. In Detroit there are seven people looking for jobs for each job posting.

The best places to get work:
  • Washington, D.C.
  • San Jose
  • Baltimore
  • New York
  • Salt Lake City
  • Oklahoma City
  • Hartford
  • Boston
The worst?
  • Miami
  • Los Angeles
  • Detroit
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • Las Vegas
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
What's happening in your city? Indeed tracks the job prospects in 50 major cities.

The good news: This is the first time in a year that there are fewer than 10 unemployed people per job posting in every city that they track, according to company spokeswoman Hillary O'Keefe.

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