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Old 03-08-2011, 02:19 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Er, the Bay's unemployment rate is around 10%--it cant be that easy

But whatever. Here's Forbes' ranking.

10 Easiest Metro Areas to Find a Job
1 San Jose, CA
2 Washington, DC
3 Baltimore, MD
4 San Francisco, CA
5 Seattle, WA
6 Boston, MA
7-tie Hartford, CT
7-tie Cleveland, OH
9-tie Charlotte, NC
9-tie Austin, TX

10 Hardest Metro Areas to Find a Job
1 New Orleans, LA
2-tie Buffalo, NY
2-tie Rochester, NY
4 Miami, FL
5-tie Louisville, KY
5-tie Riverside, CA
7-tie Los Angeles, CA
7-tie Virginia Beach, VA
9-tie Kansas City, MO
9-tie Pittsburgh, PA

The Easiest And Hardest Cities For Finding A Job - Forbes.com
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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The thing with stats, you can make any city number one for hardiest or 1 for easiest if you just skew numbers.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Er, the Bay's unemployment rate is around 10%--it cant be that easy

But whatever. Here's Forbes' ranking.

10 Easiest Metro Areas to Find a Job
1 San Jose, CA
2 Washington, DC
3 Baltimore, MD
4 San Francisco, CA
5 Seattle, WA
6 Boston, MA
7-tie Hartford, CT
7-tie Cleveland, OH
9-tie Charlotte, NC
9-tie Austin, TX

10 Hardest Metro Areas to Find a Job
1 New Orleans, LA
2-tie Buffalo, NY
2-tie Rochester, NY
4 Miami, FL
5-tie Louisville, KY
5-tie Riverside, CA
7-tie Los Angeles, CA
7-tie Virginia Beach, VA
9-tie Kansas City, MO
9-tie Pittsburgh, PA

The Easiest And Hardest Cities For Finding A Job - Forbes.com
I agree...they should put at least some weight in the unemployment rates of an area.

It's especially tough to base how "easy" it is to get employment when getting information from job listings. This is due to the fact that large companies often list dummy jobs (jobs that don't actually exist) in order to get an idea of the talent pool which is currently seeking new employment.

I guess you could liken it to basing unemployment rates on "# of job applications filled"...sure some of those people may be unemployed, but many are employed and simply want a different job. Perhaps they should have based this on job listings combined with unemployment rates and jobs added on a month-by-month or quarterly basis.

Also to take into consideration is how competitive a job market is. Cities in the Bay Area, DC, Boston, Seattle, Minneapolis, etc. have the highest populations of college graduates in the country. Regardless of where you stand in terms of degrees, experience, etc., it's much tougher to get a job when your competition is holding a degree from Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, etc.

In the end, I think this was just an attempt by Indeed.com to get some free advertising by publishing a "scientific" list like this.

P.S. Since we rip all lists to shreds and say why they suck and what would be better criteria, why aren't we creating lists, trying to get them published and make money from it? Forbes is getting advertising revenue by simply reposting a list made by Indeed.com who based their "best cities for jobs" on what is very faulty data. Anytime we see a list by Forbes, we instantly crap on it. If we can do better, then why don't we try?

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