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US Cities With the Most Job Postings Per Capita

Many Americans have been wishing upon a job opening, and whether or not those wishes come true has a lot to do with geography. Local economies rely on various types of employment and some cities have more concentration on certain areas than others. A heavy reliance on one industry or another can work to the advantage of some, like Washington DC and it's abundance of government jobs. For others, it can be a disaster, like Detroit and its disheveled auto industry.

Job search site ranked the 50 largest US cities in terms of job postings per capita. In line with the pattern described, Washington DC is ranked as having the most job postings per capita (133 postings per 1,000 residents in the second quarter of 2009), while Detroit is ranked last.

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  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Baltimore, MD
  3. San Jose, CA
  4. Austin, TX
  5. Hartford, CT
  6. Seattle, WA
  7. Salt Lake City, UT
  8. Denver, CO
  9. Boston, MA
  10. Las Vegas, NV and Charlotte, NC
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lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'm not surprised to see D.C. consistently topping these sorts of lists. The only people I know here who have been out of work for long periods of time (and not by choice) are those who are overly picking and are waiting for "the perfect job."
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Austin has no jobs. I lived there and finally had to move after not finding anything. I still have friends there that cannot for the life of them find jobs. Love Austin, but it's overrated job-wise.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Even though our town didn't make the list, we just got a buttload of new jobs for people thanks to a huge billion-dollar government contract that my husband's company won. They now have to hire about 50-100 new workers or more for the project and it's going to help the city out immensely.
sorano916 sorano916 8 years
Yeah, I'm one of the few who live in DC and *not* searching for government/political job. Sucks for me. Heh...
LVBelleAme LVBelleAme 8 years
I'd love to know what the jobs are that are available in Las Vegas, I've been looking for a job for over 10 months now!!!
esmerb esmerb 8 years
Yay Austin!!! =D
Lyngay Lyngay 8 years
All we hear in the news here in Austin is how lucky we are and how much better the economy is here compared to other parts of the country. Too bad I rely on people from around the country & world to keep my company in business! ;) But, seriously, I'm not complaining. I count my lucky stars.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I've been to 4 of the top 10, and I can see why they're there. DC and MD are pretty heavy with government jobs, and they're hiring, so that makes sense. Austin's a pretty good place to work too, cost of living isn't that high b/c of it being a major college city, AND it's the capital of Texas, so there's going to be more state government jobs there...SLC has a really low COL, and it's not so crowded, they seemed to always be working on something new when I was there. The ironic thing is, I'm moving to grad school this fall and my nearest major city [where I hope I can at least get an internship] is...Detroit. Arrgh. At least I'm looking for archiving/computer work, and not automotive! :-\
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
I expected to see Boston on the list and am not surprised as there are a plethora of educational institutions and pharmaceutical companies here.
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