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The Best Cities to Find Jobs

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On Friday morning, investors receive the Big Kahuna of economic data points: the jobs report.

Economists think that the August report will punctuate the recent streak of underwhelming indicators. The Street expects the U.S. economy lost 120,000 jobs in August after losing 131,000 in July, and believes the jobless rate will rise by 0.1% to 9.6%, according to

So, with such a lousy labor market, where can a paycheck-seeking American hope to find a new gig these days?

A couple quick lists for your perusal. (HT: Newmark’s Door)

Job-search site compiled a ranking of the best cities in the U.S. to find a job, comparing the number of job seekers in each of the largest 50 cities in the country, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), with the number of job openings per city from its comprehensive database.

The list:

10) Austin, Texas

9) Salt Lake City, Utah

8) San Antonio, Texas

7) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

6) Boston, Massachusetts

5) Hartford, Connecticut

4) Baltimore, Maryland

3) New York, New York

2) San Jose, California

1) Washington, D.C.

Alternatively, Richard Florida, director of the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute, crunched the numbers to create a list of the American cities with the fastest-growing job markets. He used BLS estimations to predict job growth in regions based on their current mix of jobs.

The list:

20) Springfield, Illinois

19) Boston, Massachusetts

18) McAllen, Texas

17) Atlantic City, New Jersey

16) Corvallis, Oregon

15) New York, New York

14) Poughkeepsie, New York

13) Brownsville, Texas

12) Duluth, Minnesota

11) Boulder, Colorado

10) Ithaca, New York

9) Gainesville, Florida

8) Olympia, Washington

7) Charlottesville, Virginia

6) Trenton, New Jersey

5) Tallahassee, Florida

4) Bethesda, Maryland

3) Durham, North Carolina

2) Washington, D.C.

1) Rochester, Minnesota
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