August 2010: The 10 Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job

August 2010: The 10 Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job

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The past seven months have seen very little change among the best cities for finding a job in the U.S., with the only major development being Philadelphia's rise to overtake San Diego for 10th place in February. Mirroring the region's performance as a whole, cities in the Northeast have dominated the list, holding as many as five of the top positions in a given month. This trend continued in August, as Washington, D.C., Boston, Baltimore and New York all once again finished among the top cities on the list.

While the list of the best and worst cities for finding a job has remained relatively consistent in recent months, August in fact brought some surprising changes. The top four cities with the highest number of job openings per capita were once again Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco and Seattle, but for the first time since 2009 two new cities managed to crack the top 10, posting significant gains in employment activity in the process. The most impressive increase in hiring was in Cleveland, which gained a full 12 points to replace Denver as the 9th-best city for finding a job. The other top performers were Atlanta, which gained eight points and jumped two spots into 6th place overall, and Dallas, which managed a seven point gain to finish in 10th place. Like Cleveland, this is the first time that Dallas has finished inside the top 10, and completes an impressive 28-point gain in the city's number of job openings per capita over the past seven months.

Looking to relocate to a city with better employment activity? It might be worthwhile to consider one of the following metro areas, which make up the 10 Best Cities in America for Finding a New Job:

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