Eight Best Cities to Find Jobs in 2011

We keep hearing that the economy is improving, but for job seekers looking to focus their efforts in cities with the most favorable employment atmospheres, making sense of list after list of statistics can be dizzying. Some cities have low unemployment rates while others have high expectations for business growth, and still others are seeing salary booms.

So which cities are your best all-around bets for finding a new job in 2011?

We took a look at the big picture, compiled all the winners in terms of important statistics like the most open job listings, net employment outlooks, and unemployment rates (plus a few others), and came up with this list of 2011's best cities to find a job.




1. Washington, D.C.

Why it's so great: The net percentage of companies planning to add employees is up 11 percent, it's among the top cities in the country in terms of wage growth (0.5 percent) and annual open job listings (695,566), and it's enjoying an unemployment rate significantly lower than the national average at 6.0 percent.




2. Phoenix, Ariz.

Why it's so great: The net percentage of companies planning to add employees is on the plus side by 12 percent and it's among the top five cities in the country in terms of wage growth (0.4 percent). In addition, annual open job listings are a respectable 186,657 and the unemployment rate is 8.5 percent.




3. Seattle, Wash.

Why it's so great: The unemployment rate is hovering with the national average at 9.1 percent, but it has the second-highest net percentage of companies planning to add employees this year (15 percent) and it has a nice annual open job listings count of 270,747.




4. San Diego, Calif.

Why it's so great: Despite a current unemployment rate of 10.4 percent, it's listed among the top cities for net percentage of companies planning to add employees in 2011 (11 percent) and annual open job listings (149,513), which is a winning combination.




5. Baltimore, Md.

Why it's so great: It's among the 2011 top cities nationally for annual open job listings (236,672) and wage growth (1.6 percent), and also enjoys a current below-average unemployment rate of 7.8 percent.




6. Baton Rouge, La.

Why it's so great: The net percentage of companies planning to add employees is a whopping 18 percent (the highest in the nation) and the unemployment rate is only 7.7 percent.




7. Milwaukee, Wis.

Why it's so great: It ranks third nationally for net percentage of companies planning to add employees (14 percent) and has a very respectable 7.5 percent unemployment rate.




8. New York, N.Y.

Why it's so great: Topping the nation in terms of annual open job listings (779,778), it's also among the top five for wage growth (0.4 percent) and has an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent.


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odellhinkle

The governor of ohio stole 80.million from puplic employes (pers) penson fund before he was elected.The republem employee new this yet; they voted for him anyway He out sourced 400.000 jobs to china and mexico they new this also.Now he has laid-off half of the republem employes that voted him in office.How sad; with 88 countys laying off police He going to let go half of the prison populatoon how double sad; After 4 years the dum republems will for get and relect him How dum is dum

May 31 2011 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rory

Spelling? What about Fox News? Thought you might appreciate a little assistance from a Republican. Oh, by they way, great job Obama to all the less than educated individuals out there....

February 01 2011 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Draconian

What about Cairo, Egypt. The streets are gonna need to be cleaned.

January 31 2011 at 11:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Teresa

I thought the caps were for old folks who cant read little letters?

January 31 2011 at 10:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MARILYN J. MAHAN

HEY, AT LEAST HE'S WILLING TO END THE WAR IN IRAQ AND AFAGANASTAN. IT IS
COSTING WAY TOO MUCH! YOUNG LIVES, AND PEOPLE'S FREEDOM. IT'S ABOUT TIME
OUR GUYS COME HOME FROM THERE! IT'S WAY TOO LONG!! ENOUGH ALREADY!! WE
NEED PEACE HERE AND ALL OVER THE WORLD! WE NEED TO STOP THE KILLING OF
ALL THE INNOCENT PEOPLE INVOLVED. WE NEED TO GET TOGETHER, DEMS AND REPS,
TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT, SO BOTH PARTIES CAN RESOLVE THIS GIANT MESS THAT
BUSH STARTED!!!! GET OVER IT!! YOU KNOW WHAT BUSH DID, HE STARTED IT ALL!!!
ENOUGH ALREADY!!!! MARILYN

January 29 2011 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rory

Obama cannot end the war. Please perform your due diligence It does not matter what he "wants" to do even thought he has trashed this economy and cannot afford to exit the war in the Middle East. Fact

February 01 2011 at 12:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AK

HA!

More Americans are dying in Afghanistan NOW than in years after 9-11 when Bush was president.

US is NOT out of Afghanistan
. . ..NOT out of Iraq

Hussien Obama has
. . . NOT closed Gitmo

...(not supported gay marriage)
...has NOT created any LEGAL, CONSTITUTIONAL Health Care reforms
...has NOT stimulated the economy (other than the pockets of the wall street/bankers who contributed to the melt down)
...has NOT slowed (in fact increased) the number of jobs lost to overseas

These were his campaign promises - imagine that - putting an unqualified, inexperienced radical into the hardest job in the world did not get good results. shocking?

February 01 2011 at 1:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Carter21

you're a ******* faggot nobody wants queers to get married the bible even says so and it was bush that ****** up the ecomony when faggots like your self re-elected him to his second term

April 13 2011 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Walt Giuffrida

IT IS ALWAYS EASY TO SPOT THE PRESIDENT OBAMA HATERS, THEIR SENTENCES ARE FRAGMENTED AND THEIR SPELLING IS DEPLORABLE, NOT TO MENTION THEY DON'T EVEN CAPATLIIZE United States. WHERE DO YOU IDIOTS FIND YOUR INFORMAION, I REALIZE THE TRUTH HAS BEEN HIDDEN FROM YOU IN PRINT, BUT KEEP WATCHING THE FOXE NEWS STATION SO THEY CAN HOP YOU UP ON LIES AND SPEW YOUR STUPID HATE.

January 29 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Tweety

Don't no why BR is on here. It's hard to find any kind of job down here!

January 29 2011 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Don

When the government gives special tax breaks to the super wealthy it's perfectly okay but the minute it tries to help the poor and middle class it suddenly becomes socialistic. The claim is the wealthy need the breaks extended as it will create jobs. If that's the case why hasn't it been creating jobs all along?

January 29 2011 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pd39

Why am I not surprised to see D.C. in the number one spot! The current administration has grown government quicker than any administration since George Washington, and as the first prez and having the responsibility of setting things in motion, he had an acceptable excuse. obama has no excuse and we are all learning that his whole plan is to remake our government in the image and likeness of the failed Soviet Union.

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