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Salt Lake Ranks Second Best City for Job-Seekers

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March 24, 2014

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:

  1. San Jose, California – 1.21 unemployed people per every available job

  2. Salt Lake City, Utah – 1.23 unemployed people per every available job

  3. Omaha, Nebraska – 1.25 unemployed people per every available job

  4. Austin, Texas – 1.39 unemployed people per every available job

  5. Washington, DC – 1.45 unemployed people per every available job

  6. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 1.56 unemployed people per every available job

  7. Seattle, Washington – 1.60 unemployed people per every available job

  8. Denver, Colorado – 1.62 unemployed people per every available job

  9. Tulsa, Oklahoma – 1.66 unemployed people per every available job

  10. 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.

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