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10 Best Cities For Finding a Job in 2009

What do you get when you have low unemployment numbers and high new job creation when compared to the rest of the country? You get better chances of finding a job. Ajilon Professional Staffing used these metrics to compile its list of the likeliest places for finding a job this year, and discovered that the most promising cities are places where there are plenty of government positions. See the top ten list below, and for another perspective, visit Forbes if you're interested in knowing the world's worst places for finding a job.

  1. Madison, WI
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Richmond, VA
  5. Milwaukee, WI
  6. Pittsburgh, PA
  7. Baltimore, MD
  8. Seattle, WA
  9. Houston, TX
  10. Dallas, TX



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JustBekky JustBekky 7 years
These are all AMERICAN cities. Bloody useless.
carak carak 7 years
Richmond VA? really? that's about to change since Circuit City just went under & we've had tons of layoffs recently. It took my fiance 5 months to find a job last year before all the layoffs hit. now there's thousands of people who got laid off that are in the job pool again.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Ha, snarkypants, don't forget about AmFam for all the non-science people in Madison...I swear, every third person in Madison must work there. My mom, sister and Uncle ALL work at American Family. They have college degrees in what I'd call "useless" fields and now they all work in insurance. Which is kinda boring, if you ask me.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I live in Wisconsin, but if you don't live in either Madison or Milwaukee, the job market is a bit tighter. I used to live in Madison and my whole family lives there...I was in the pharmaceutical industry and it was probably a really good field to be in during a recession. Although, they did a PR announcement on the radio saying Wisconsin has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and it's one of the more recession-proof places to be living right now. If you're in the healthcare field, Wisconsin's a pretty decent place to live right now...nurses, med techs, CNAs, LPNs, and just about any healthcare profession is very in demand right now.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
yeah madison has nothing if you're not in the sciences... fashionhore, i have a BA in journalism too. luckily i have a related job in madison, but i got lucky. (if you can call it that, i'm currently looking for something new cuz it is BORING) :)
cupcakers cupcakers 7 years
Wasn't Minneapolis on a similar list like this? That's where I currently am, more opportunities here than in Madison!
cupcakers cupcakers 7 years
Wow, Madison huh. My family lives there, after I'm finished with college this year I may have to move back to Madison for a while(which I really don't want to)..well I need to stay at home and save money, hopefully I'll find a good job there that is related to my field.
fashionhore fashionhore 7 years
Snarky, exactly. I live in Wisc. and I have a print journalism BA and I still don't have a job using it in Madison or Milwaukee! This poll didn't take into account that 3,000+ jobs were just lost in Janesville, Wisc.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Boston? Eh not so much I'm here and it's barren.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
hahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahhahaha madison is great to find a job. if you're an engineer, doctor or scientist. other than that GOOD LUCK.
c-a-t-h c-a-t-h 7 years
Yes there are jobs in DC but be prepared to pay through the roof for everything.... and don't even get me started on the traffic.
soulight soulight 7 years
Pittsburgh is so diverse employment-wise I'm not surprised that it's on the list, there are banks like PNC with their headquarters here, GNC, American Eagle Outfitters and it doesn't end there. The problem is it's an old city in terms of population, so new grads have a hard time getting a job because it's hard to find an employer who will take you over an older applicant.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
well my fiance DESPERATELY needs a job, and he's from dallas so maybe he should just head back there and find something. i wouldn't mind doing a long distance thing if it meant that he had a paycheck!
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 7 years
Puh-lease I live in Baltimore, moved here from DC and will be moving back to DC since there aren't any well-paying IT jobs here.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Pittsburgh really is a great city for health care, education, industry--and the Steelers, of course; glad to see that it's #6!
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