July 2011: The 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for Finding a Job

July 2011: The 10 Best (and Worst) Cities for Finding a Job


Employment activity from city to city continues to bounce around like the thermometer in between seasons. Gains in employment activity seen one month then lead to big drops the next for many of our cities and vice versa. In July, Detroit (14%), Seattle (12%) and Phoenix (11%) all saw double-digit percentage gains in employment activity after huge drops in June. Los Angeles (-15%), Miami (-11%), Louisville (-8%) and Riverside (-8%) all slid in employment numbers. The gains that Los Angeles and Miami saw in June dropped these cities down our list by four ranks each.

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 July:

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