Moving On: The 10 Best Cities To Get Hired [Infographic]

A painful truth of the current employment situation in the U.S. is that they are plenty of jobs out there going unfilled because employers can't find workers with the right skills.

That's particularly true in manufacturing. Companies across the nation are looking to fill about 600,000 manufacturing jobs, according to a survey released this week by the consultancy Deloitte, even as the nation's unemployment rate appears stuck at 9.1 percent.

The survey of 1,123 manufacturing executives shows that two-thirds of them have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers. Further, those polled anticipate the shortage to increase in the next three to five years.

Most of the nation's unfilled manufacturing jobs are mainly in skilled production, including machinists, operators, craft workers, distributors and technicians, says Emily DeRocco, president of the Manufacturing Institute, an industry think tank.

"Unfortunately, these jobs require the most training and are traditionally among the hardest manufacturing jobs to find existing talent to fill," she says.

Though Deloitte's survey shows that the need for manufacturing workers appears acute nationwide, Midwest cities such as Cleveland and Milwaukee have a particularly strong need for qualified workers, as the graphic below shows.

One company that just announced plans to grow is Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which intends to add 400 jobs in the next year as it expands facilities across Vermont, its home state.

Packaging operations are being enlarged in the towns of Williston and in Essex, and a new 240,000-square-foot space will increase capacity for roasting, grinding and packaging, WCAX-TV reports.

"A lot of it will be the manufacturing of the K-cup portion packs and the material handling, the production planning and all the support activity that goes with that, the quality assurance," says Green Mountain executive Scott McCreary.

It isn't just manufacturers aching to find qualified workers, of course. Fields such as health care, technology and accounting also face shortages -- particularly in some cities -- for the same reason: a lack of qualified applicants.

Picking up and relocating to another city for the sake of a job involves risk. But for workers with the proper education and experience, in this economy, it might be just the right move.

Next: So Many U.S. Manufacturing Jobs, So Few Skilled Workers

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Want to find a good city to find a job? There in China, Brazil, Japan and a few others that can be looked up. Our president just helped that much touted jobs plan. The administration awarded a half billion dollars to an electric car company. That will supply supply many jobs. It will be a long travel to work though! Its in FINLAND! Can we give three cheers?

October 21 2011 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Holy cow Green mountain coffee is gonna hire 400 people next yr...thats unbelievable! That will definitely help the unemployment rate (unemployment rate is 20%+) and the $9 dollar an hr rate people will be able too buy a house and raise a family.

October 21 2011 at 11:11 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Washington? Lobbyist, government worker?

October 21 2011 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Some of these cities were on another list a few days ago saying they were not the best place to move too?? What is this a joke or is the writers here just babbling about nothing to fill up space and time??

October 21 2011 at 9:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So how many people avn up and move to a city that might give you a liitle edge in hiring. If you look at the 10 bestlist below, it says for certain catagories like marketing or health care admimistration. I suppose you could just lie about your qualifications to get a job, then get fired and draw unemployment for awhile. Oh wait, that is already being done.

I liked the article when Steve Jobs told Oboma that education would continue to suffer unless reformed (outside teacher unions contro;s) and that Fed rules were killing the business ector that was headed overseas to avoid high costs to do business in the USA. JOBS are were peopelwant and are skilled enough to work in a company that can afford to hire them.

October 21 2011 at 8:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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