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Salt Lake City has ranked No. 2 in a study revealing the best cities for job-seekers.
The Job Search Difficulty Index divides the total number of unemployed workers in a major metropolitan complex by the total number of advertised jobs in the same geographical region.
The study used data from The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Civilian labor force and unemployment by state and metropolitan area report.
Top Ten Cities for Job Seekers
Only eleven of the fifty cities reviewed had an approximate 1:1 ratio of jobs to job seekers. In these cities, job seekers would theoretically be able to find employment fairly easily because there were between 1.21 and 1.99 unemployed people for every one job listing that was posted. The top 10 cities for job seekers include:
San Jose, California – 1.21 unemployed people per every available job
Salt Lake City, Utah – 1.23 unemployed people per every available job
Omaha, Nebraska – 1.25 unemployed people per every available job
Austin, Texas – 1.39 unemployed people per every available job
Washington, DC – 1.45 unemployed people per every available job
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 1.56 unemployed people per every available job
Seattle, Washington – 1.60 unemployed people per every available job
Denver, Colorado – 1.62 unemployed people per every available job
Tulsa, Oklahoma – 1.66 unemployed people per every available job
Houston, Texas – 1.90 unemployed people per every available job
Specific criteria were identified and categorized for easy reading and effective use by the reader and prospective employment agencies or research institutions.
The survey was published in order from the least to most difficult cities in which to find a job. Each city was then further subdivided into categories by popular industries as well as open positions within those industries.