Top-5 worst cities to find a job

Thought finding a decent-paying job in SF was tough? It’s even tougher in five American cities that Forbes has deemed the “toughest” in which to find work.

The method for this research involved compiling a data collected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and calculating the number of job postings per thousand people in each major metropolitan area.

In order to differentiate these data, researchers focused only on jobs listed in the fourth quarter of 2010 that offered a salary of $50,000 per year, or more. This way, a better picture of places offering higher-paying jobs emerges.The data covers job listings in the fourth quarter of 2010 with salary estimates of $50,000 or more.

The caveat here, of course, is that an opening can be listed on multiple job boards and can remain online even after being filled. Nevertheless, Forbes asserts, “the numbers do present a strong, broad gauge of which cities are the easiest and hardest for finding a job.”

Worst Cities for a Decent Wage

No. 5 (tie): Riverside, Ca.

16 job postings per 1,000 population between October and December 2010.

No. 4: Miami, Fla.

14 job postings per 1,000 population between October and December 2010.

No. 3 and 2 are actually a tie: Rochester, N.Y. and Buffalo, N.Y.

11 job postings per 1,000 population between October and December 2010.

No. 1: New Orleans, La.

10 job postings per 1,000 population between October and December 2010.

Bay Area Silver Lining

Though we all have friends being laid off– if we aren’t laid off ourselves, Forbes’ research puts the Bay Area at the opposite end of the spectrum for jobs. Between high-tech, education, green technology and tourism, San Francisco and its neighbors are among the cities “with thousands of high-paying jobs.”

San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle are three of the top five easiest cities for finding a job……[and, no surprise] located in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose ranks No. 1…..[with] 126 listings for high-paying jobs per 1,000 residents.

The method for this research involved compiling a data collected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and calculating the number of job postings per thousand people in each major metropolitan area.

In order to differentiate these data, researchers focused only on jobs listed in the fourth quarter of 2010 that offered a salary of $50,000 per year, or more. This way, a better picture of places offering higher-paying jobs emerges.

The picture this offers does not reflect a precise number of available jobs. An opening can be listed in more than one place and can remain online for a time after it’s filled. Nevertheless, the numbers do present a strong, broad gauge of which cities are the easiest and hardest for finding a job.

The data covers job listings in the fourth quarter of 2010 with salary estimates of $50,000 or more.

The caveat here, of course, is that an opening can be listed on multiple job boards and can remain online even after being filled. Nevertheless, Forbes asserts, “the numbers do present a strong, broad gauge of which cities are the easiest and hardest for finding a job.”

Worst Cities for a Decent Wage

No. 5 (tie): Riverside, Ca.

16 job postings per 1,000 population between October and December 2010.

No. 4: Miami, Fla.

14 job postings per 1,000 population between October and December 2010.

No. 3 and 2 are actually a tie: Rochester, N.Y. and Buffalo, N.Y.

11 job postings per 1,000 population between October and December 2010.

No. 1: New Orleans, La.

10 job postings per 1,000 population between October and December 2010.

Bay Area Silver Lining

Though we all have friends being laid off– if we aren’t laid off ourselves, Forbes’ research puts the Bay Area at the opposite end of the spectrum for jobs. Between high-tech, education, green technology and tourism, San Francisco and its neighbors are among the cities “with thousands of high-paying jobs.”

San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle are three of the top five easiest cities for finding a job……[and, no surprise] located in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose ranks No. 1…..[with] 126 listings for high-paying jobs per 1,000 residents.

Also high on the list: Washington D.C. (think Feds) and Baltimore (think National Defense). To refer back to the photo, that latter city then is probably best for the unemployed Storm Trooper.

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