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

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


Springing in to a new career was a challenge for most job seekers in April as hiring levels sank in most cities across the U.S. Only three cities saw an increase in hiring, including Louisville (+6%), Nashville (+3%), and Seattle (+3%). The cities that saw the greatest hiring losses in April were in the East, including Washington, D.C., which was the big loser with a drop of 8%, followed by Baltimore and Cleveland (-6%) and Hartford (-5%).

“Aside from the gains in Louisville, Nashville and Seattle, nearly every city lost some ground in managerial hiring this month, except for Houston, Boston and New York City, which remained the same,” says Jay Martin, COO, JobSerf. “The Northeast was the biggest loser, with Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Hartford seeing large decreases.”

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 April:

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