Washington, D.C. managed to hold on to the title of America's best city to find a job for the 36th straight month in January. That said, the nation's capital saw employment activity decline by 20 points for the month, sending the city back to its lowest Index score in over a year. This decline has helped Boston finish within striking distance of first place, as the New England city held its ground with just a three-point decline in January.
To determine the cities with the 10 best and worst job markets each month, the CareerCast.com/JobSerf Employment 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, awarding each a per capita hiring score for the month. This gives a more complete picture of how easy (or difficult) it is to get a new job in each metro area.
Moving further down the list, not a single metro area in the top 10 posted a positive score in January. Many of these cities are now on pace to fall further down the rankings by summer, if not earlier.
Want to know where the jobs are? Check out January 2011's 10 best cities to find a job: