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

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


The start of a new year was a turning point for hiring in many cities, some good and others not so good. San Diego (+14%) and Riverside (+11%) showed significant hiring gains in January, while Memphis (-27%), Cincinnati (-15%), Nashville (-13%), Louisville (-12%), Cleveland (-11%) and Pittsburgh (-10%) all reported double-digit losses.

Throughout 2011, the cities with the most per capita hiring included: Nashville (+19 points), Memphis (+13 points) and Houston (+10). The biggest losers in 2011 were San Diego (-11), Washington, DC (-8), New York City (-7) and Milwaukee (-7).

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 January:

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