February 2011: 10 Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job

February 2011: 10 Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job

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CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index

Memphis, Atlanta, Boston, Phoenix, and Minneapolis all had double-digit increases in managerial recruitment activity in February, according to the new CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment Index. The February 2011 Index, which measures managerial hiring activity online, stands at 104.3, 21 points higher than it was in February 2010.

Memphis, with a 19% increase in managerial hiring, was the big winner this month, followed by Atlanta (+15%), Boston (+14%), Phoenix and Minneapolis (+13%).

Want to know where the jobs are? These metro areas made up February's 10 best cities to find a job:

Rank City Score Ranking Change
1 Washington, D.C. 155 +/-0
2 Boston, MA 142 +/-0
3 San Francisco, CA 120 +/-0
4 Seattle, WA 109 +/-0
5 Atlanta, GA 91 +/-0
6 New York, NY 80 +2
7 Baltimore, MD 78 +/-0
8 Chicago, IL 78 -1
9 Denver, CO 73 +/-0
10 Cleveland, OH 67 +1

 

The good news is that all cities in the index improved this month, although hiring gains in Miami (+ 4%), Philadelphia and Baltimore (+3%), and Milwaukee (+2%) were minimal. This may be the beginning of an upward trend since per capita hiring has improved this month in all 30 cities. The index level is also far higher than the previous corresponding months in 2009 and 2010, and is performing better than pre-recession levels.

If you want to relocate but are worried about moving to a bad job market, take note of these metro areas, which make up February 2011’s 10 Worst Cities to Find a Job:

Rank City Score Ranking Change
30 Riverside, CA 21 +/-0
29 Detroit, MI 34 -1
28 Memphis, TN 37 +1
27 Tampa, FL 45 +/-0
26 Cincinnati, OH 48 +/-0
25 Miami, FL 49 -4
24 Los Angeles, CA 49 -1
23 St. Louis, MO 50 +2
22 Indianapolis, IN 51 +/-0
21 Phoenix, AZ 51 +3

 

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