Top 50 Cities for Jobs This Fall

The votes are in. Whether you are a recent college grad that still needs to secure a job, or a seasoned professional looking to move up or out to a different company, you will want to check out these cities before relocating. These cities offer the best chances for finding employment., a leading job search engine, has released their Job Search Difficulty Index for US Cities for the month of September, ranking the best places to look if you are seeking employment, giving readers an inside scoop on how hard it is to secure a job in cities around the country.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), looks at the number of unemployed workers in each city and then divides that number by the total number of jobs in their index.'s index is constantly updates via employer career portals, recruiter websites and job boards so as to ensure that all online jobs within their index are accurate and current.

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  1. Washington, DC

    It is no surprise that Washington, DC tops the list again this year as the easiest place to find a job. In addition to being home to the Federal government, many large agencies, a plethora of colleges and universities, Washington, D.C. offers culture, nightlife, and great neighborhoods as well, making it a living melting pot with excellent job security. Additionally, 11 of the richest counties in the U.S. are located in the region, and Washington, D.C. ranks 9th, according to, for best American cities for artists and designers, spending more per capita on art than any other district or state in the country.

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  2. San Jose, CA

    Situated in beautiful, sunny California, San Jose comes in second on the list for top cities in which to find a job. As a large tech metro area, San Jose is home to the famed Stanford University, and ranks among the top 20 brainiest metro areas, according to

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  3. New York, NY

    In the city that never sleeps, you can find anything your heart or whims desire, including a job, as New York, NY, comes in third on the list of best cities for jobs. Named, by Travel + Leisure ( 2010) as the best city to visit in the continental US and Canada, New York, NY is a hub for publishing, banks and investment firms, and the fashion industry, and is one city where its easier than you might think to find a job. Can you say, I love New York?

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  4. Baltimore, MD

    Nestled on a beautiful harbor, Baltimore is now known for more than just crabs. Named in 2008 by FDI Magazine as one of the top ten cities of the future, Baltimore is living up to that reputation, ranking third as the best coastal living harbor and holding strong as the fourth best city to look for work in.

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  5. Hartford, CT

    The capital of Connecticut is an idyllic place to raise a family and has real suburbs surrounding it that are community-oriented neighborhoods, West Hartford, specifically. Additionally, Hartford boasts some of the oldest institutions in the US, including the oldest art museum, park and continuously published newspaper. Sealing the deal for job seekers in this area are high average salaries and a relatively low cost of living.

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  6. Oklahoma City, OK

    Moving towards the middle of the country we have Oklahoma City, that is not only one of the better places to look for a job, but is also ranked by as one of the least stressful cities in the country (#45 out of 50) thanks to the high percentage of days with sunshine, an unemployment rate below 7.0 and little change in per capita income from year to year.

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  7. Denver, CO

    If you like the outdoors and are in need of a job, go west, my friend, and settle in Denver. An outdoorsman's paradise, the Mile High City offers a variety of fields in which to work, including telecom, transportation, healthcare, small businesses or tourism. Good news for the women out there looking for work, Denver ranks as the nation's sixth-best city for working mothers, according to

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  8. Boston, MA

    Set in picturesque New England and home to the nation's most elite colleges and universities, Boston, MA not only has less than 2.5 unemployed individuals per advertised job, but this city is also rated as the fourth brainiest metro area in the country, according to

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  9. Salt Lake City, UT

    This ski lovers' paradise is home to a growing tech industry for artists and designers alike, and the low cost of living, taxes and operating costs make this city an ideal place for small companies and start-up businesses. Salt Lake City also ranks #5 by as the 10 best cities for the next decade.

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  10. San Antonio, TX

    As the second largest city in the state of Texas, San Antonio has a solid salary to cost of living ratio and has seen little change in their low, less than 2.5 unemployed individuals per advertised job, unemployment rate, making this one of the most stable cities in the country since the start of the recession.

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  11. Austin, TX
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  12. St. Paul, MN
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  13. Cleveland, OH
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  14. Dallas, TX
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  15. Richmond, VA
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  16. Seattle, WA
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  17. Milwaukee, WI
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  18. Charlotte, NC
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  19. San Francisco, CA
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  20. Philadelphia, PA
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  21. Kansas City, MO
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  22. Pittsburgh, PA
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  23. Columbus, OH
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  24. Houston, TX
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  25. Virginia Beach, VA
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  26. Nashville, TN
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  27. Atlanta, GA
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  28. Indianapolis, IN
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  29. New Orleans, LA
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  30. Tampa, FL
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  31. Chicago, IL
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  32. Phoenix, AZ
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  33. Buffalo, NY
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  34. Louisville, KY
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  35. Cincinnati, OH
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  36. Jacksonville, FL
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  37. Birmingham, AL
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  38. Memphis, TN
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  39. Providence, RI<
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  40. Rochester, NY
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  41. Orlando, FL
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  42. San Diego, CA
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  43. St. Louis, MO
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  44. Portland, OR
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  45. Sacramento, CA
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  46. Los Angeles, CA
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  47. Riverside, CA
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  48. Detroit, MI
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  49. Las Vegas, NV
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  50. Miami, FL
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I graduated from University of South Florida last August, my sister graduated from University of Central Florida at the end of 2007. We both have been searching like mad for jobs in the bay area, to no avail. I think I speak for us, as well as all recent FL graduates when I say: Tampa is bleak. If you want to make 20something K a year off the bat, then sure, jobs are plentiful. I didn't get an education to make $8 an hour. No thanks. This list blows.

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DJ - as I'm sure you've discovered, the fine arts are "owned" by the Mormon network of organizations. Mormon musicians, artists, etc. perform and work for free for their religious organization as they've been told it's "doing good work" that will get them closer to the highest level of heaven. There really is no making a living in the arts in Utah unless you happen to teach at a "non-LDS" university...but those jobs are few and far between.

Swiesle - There's Mormon "code" used every day here in Utah. "Where are you from" really means "Are you a good Mormon like us?"

Cooper - positive thinking but 95% of the law makers in Utah are Mormons. The Mormons settled Utah and have always "owned" it. Utah is comparable to Vatican City in many ways, but I think far more extreme.

SAC - interesting point. The Utah job market often demands second languages but the Mormons fill that need as they usually are fluent in second languages from having spent time in other countries on their "missions" for their religious organization.

Funfriend and Chad Miller are PRECISELY what Utah Mormons sound like. Thanks for the perfect examples of pure denial prevalent in Mormon culture. For those reading this, PLEASE read the comments of Funfriend and Chad Miller.

Lucy - you have definitely experienced living here as a "non-LDS" person. People outside of Utah simply don't know these things about Utah Mormon culture. Regarding the job market and trying to find a job, Mormon men write on their resumes "served mission xyz" and women write on their resumes "active in the relief society." These simple statements let the recipient of the resume know that the applicant is "one of them." If this component is missing from one's resume AND "GASP" the applicant is from out of state, that resume is fast tracked to the garbage can and everyone who lives here knows it. The Mormons will deny, deny, deny that this is their culture, but it's a simple fact.

The common Mormon way of thinking about how tough it is for "non-LDS" job seekers in Utah is first denial, but then "if you don't like it, leave - we don't want you here anyway unless we can convert you and collect your tithing." Mormons "tolerate non-LDS" presence in "their state" simply because they have to 1) for business reasons/financial interest, and 2) to remain part of the United States (the "official" stand of the very wealthy and powerful LDS religious organization on polygamy changed when it was required in order for Utah to become one of the United States - but it should be kept in mind that the ultimate goal of Mormons is that after they die, that they continue to live through eternity in a celestial polygamist culture making "spirit babies" for the good Mormons on earth...which is why it's considered "good" to have as many children as the "spirit babies" have earthly bodies to inhabit.)

I offer this solely to give insight into the job market in Utah. If you are not a Mormon, please do NOT be attracted to this pretty city. It IS beautiful, but if you have to make a living and are actively seeking to advance your professional career, you'll hit a Mormon-imposed glass ceiling that is not only frustrating, but can cause serious damage to your plans of career growth.

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I am surprised at this point so many would be thinking about going to college. Huge tuition and tons of student loans you will be paying on for 10 years or more. You are not guaranteed a job, hence the fact college graduates are now working at places like McDonalds. I know people that have gone to college and some that haven't and in the long run the non-college graduates are not in the debt the college graduates are and they nons have stables good paying jobs. College is not the answer in todays world unless this world changes drastically and don't plan on it in the near future.

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San Antonio is not the second largest city in Texas. Houston and Dallas are much larger cities.

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SAC said... "Not the case - if you are under 30 you will have no problem with finding a job but over 30 forget it. I have lived out here for almost 4 years and haven't found a job because I'm over 40."

How do you know it's your age--and no other factor or combination of factors--that's the reason you aren't getting a job? Maybe you aren't highly qualified for the jobs you apply for, maybe you aren't applying for the right jobs for your skills set, maybe you expect too much, maybe you have a bad resume, bad attitude, bad breath, bad people skills...and maybe you're looking for a good job in a bad economy that can't possibly sustain the number of workers it already has, much less add new ones to the payroll?

"And another thing your spanish better be good because you won't get hired if you don't speak spanish fluently. I got a call for a job as soon as I emailed my resume. The first question asked was: Do you speak spanish? I said no but I was born in this country. It's not considered discrimination if you don't speak spanish but if you are refused a job because you don't speak english it is."

Evidently the job you applied for requires Spanish fluency. You don't have it. But that's OK because you were born in this country. You are allowed to be illiterate in many languages and cultures as long as you were born in this country, even though the job you seek clearly requires that you can speak one other language.

You simply don't have the skills that the jobs you apply for require. Period. You may blame your inability to get a job on a variety of factors--age, race, gender, language--but the fact is, you are unemployable because you don't have the necessary skills and abilities that your (potential) future employer absolutely requires.

September 12 2010 at 3:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

San Antonio,Texas??? Jobs there are strictly low pay and service sector. Even to get one of those for next to nothing you have to compete with the local chicano population and a slew of retired military personnel and retired army trash who get fat pensions for sitting on their asses for 20 years. No, there's no future in going to that hellhole. I'm a refugee from there and you can literally starve that place. It has no industrial base and what few employers there are there (aside from the tourist and civil service industries) will treat you with contempt for even applying for a job.

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49.LAS VEGAS. thank you president obama for that one. las vegas has unemployment rate that is almost 15 percent. then comes obama with his absolute genus idea by going on t.v and telling people not to head over to las vegas and spend money over there. what a great idea to get las vegas to back on his feet, by having the president telling people to stay away from there. obama, real man of genus.

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