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

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

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After a month in which all 30 major cities measured by the Index posted gains in employment activity, May's downturn produced less consistent results. While there was no change in the order of cities that make up the 10 best places to find a job, almost all saw a significant increase in employment activity for the month. The volume of available jobs grew by another 10 points in Washington, D.C., solidifying its ranking as the best city for jobs for the 11th month in a row.

Boston and San Francisco also saw a strong improvement in employment activity, gaining nine and eight points in May, respectively, while fifth-place Atlanta managed just a three point gain but still managed to stay just ahead of Baltimore. Most impressive has been the performance of Philadelphia's job market in recent months. Trailing Washington, D.C. in employment activity by nearly three to one as recently as January, the city of brotherly love has gained nearly 20 points since then, surpassing San Diego to finish as this month's 10th best city for jobs.

Less impressive, on the other hand, was Riverside's meager two point gain, which left the southern California city as the worst U.S. city for jobs for the 11th straight month. Second-worst on the list was Memphis, which saw no change in employment activity and fell back behind Detroit, which gained three points.

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