February 2012: The 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for Finding a Job

February 2012: The 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for Finding a Job

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CareerCast.com

Cities across the country are finally seeing some positive gains in job activity. In February, only a handful of cities had a decline in hiring activity. Los Angeles (-7%), San Francisco (-5%) and Riverside (-5%) and Baltimore (-5%) had a loss of hiring activity, while Detroit (+19%), Cleveland (+16%), Louisville (+16%) Milwaukee (+15%), Houston (+11%), Philadelphia (+12%) and Washington, D.C. (+10%) had double-digit gains.

To determine the cities with the 10 best and worst job markets each month, the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Index surveys 30 different major metro areas across the U.S. for per capita job availability. Rather than simply reporting the cities with the most and least jobs, the Index measures the number of job openings relative to population. This gives a more complete picture of how easy (or difficult) it is to get a new job in each metro area.

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

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