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Old 06-17-2011, 07:17 AM
 
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I hear Seattle's good. Is this true? If not then what?
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:18 AM
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It depends on what you can do.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:22 AM
 
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It depends on what you can do.
That's why I said overall.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh has weathered the recession rather well.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:36 AM
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Omaha would be a good place to look.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Pittsburgh has weathered the recession rather well.
Pittsburgh may have weathered the recession fairly well, but that doesn't mean it has a good job market.

The economic situation was rough in Pittsburgh before the recession, and so they didn't plummet as much as other areas. And things are now looking up. Recently, low rents have attracted a few new businesses, which is excellent news, but the burgh still has a ways to go. IMO it will continue to steadily improve--but, and this is a big but, it's misleading to present Pittsburgh as a city with a strong job market. Someday, maybe even someday soon--but not yet. IMO. I'm a big fan of the city, and I'm glad to see it growing healthier and healthier, but let's be realistic.

For example, a person we both know very well moved to Pittsburgh six months ago. He loves living there--and that's great--but he hasn't had the best luck finding a job using his college degree, even though it's in accounting, a practical field that should have job openings in a city with a hot job market. Yes, he found a job--but it was as a delivery driver. He's been complaining for months about being underemployed, and continues to actively search for a job that will actually use his degree. I'm sure he'll find a great job soon, but before bragging about Pittsburgh's job market it should be noted that so far that hasn't happened.

Nothing wrong with that, the same story is playing out for young professionals all around the country. The point is it shows that Pittsburgh is not what I'd call a strong job market (unless you want to work in fast food or some other job like that). Sadly, not too many cities are these days.

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Old 06-17-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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I hear Seattle's good. Is this true? If not then what?
This is too broad a question to the point where the answer has little value. People who are actually looking for jobs will be more concerned with which cities has the best job market for their specialty.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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This is too broad a question to the point where the answer has little value. People who are actually looking for jobs will be more concerned with which cities has the best job market for their specialty.
Exactly. Some people think DC is a great job market. However, most jobs here require at least one degree (several degrees is preferable) and they often need people who already have security clearances. It's not such a good job market for those seeking regular jobs, though.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:41 PM
 
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Exactly. Some people think DC is a great job market. However, most jobs here require at least one degree (several degrees is preferable) and they often need people who already have security clearances. It's not such a good job market for those seeking regular jobs, though.
I think DC (and certain other cities) get this reputation as being great job markets because of all of these news articles that come out, ranking job markets by looking at the number of unemployed job seekers vs. number of advertised openings. I personally think this methodology is questionable for many reasons - and for DC, if they're counting the number of postings the federal government puts out in that calculation, well, we all know that a good number of those jobs have already been filled and the posting is just to comply with policy/regulations.
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:04 AM
 
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Exactly. Some people think DC is a great job market. However, most jobs here require at least one degree (several degrees is preferable) and they often need people who already have security clearances. It's not such a good job market for those seeking regular jobs, though.
If a company wants you, most often they will take care of getting you the clearance. I know that's been the case with both my kids. DC does have the lowest unemployment rate in the country. If that matters to those looking for a job.
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