The Best and Worst Cities for Jobs Right Now

MSN published a report today naming the best and worst states in the nation based on unemployemnt rates. Some of the areas may surprise you. Just as real estate markets are local, so are economies. Some areas have better run governments, different zoning and business licensing laws, better access to resources, or events that happen (military base closing, new company moving in, major employer cutting back or hiring, etc) which cause job demand to fluxuate.

Eight of the worst cities are in California, while three of the top cities are in Utah.

According to the article, here are the top 15 cities for jobs based on unemployment rates;

1. Bismarck, N.D.– September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  2.5

2. Casper, Wyo.– September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  2.5

3. Logan, Utah– September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  2.5

4. Sioux Falls, S.D. – September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  2.5

5. Morgantown, W. Va.– September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  2.6

6. Ames, Iowa– September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  2.7

7. Fargo, N.D.– September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  2.8

8. Iowa City, Iowa– September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  2.8

9. Rapid City, S.D.– September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  2.9

10. Lincoln, Neb.September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  3.0

11. Provo-Orem, UtahSeptember 2008 Unemployment Rate:  3.0

12. Billings, Mont.September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  3.1

13. Charleston, W. Va.September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  3.2

14. Midland, TexasSeptember 2008 Unemployment Rate:  3.2

15. Salt Lake City, Utah – September 2008 Unemployment Rate:  3.2

And the 15 Worst Cities are;

1. El Centro, Calif. – September 2008 Unemployment Number:   24.5

2. Yuma, Ariz.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   20.5

3. Yuba City, Calif.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   11.2

4. Merced, Calif.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   10.9

5. Flint, Mich.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   10.8

6. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   10.6

7. Modesto, Calif.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   10.5

8. Palm Coast, Fla.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   10.3

9. Stockton, Calif.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   10.2

10. Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.– September 2008 Unemployment Number:   10.1

11. Fresno, Calif.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   9.6

12. Rocky Mount, N.C.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   9.6

13. Monroe, Mich.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   9.5

14. Punta Gorda, Fla.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   9.5

15. Redding, Calif.September 2008 Unemployment Number:   9.5

For a more complete list and more information visit MSN.

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3 thoughts on “The Best and Worst Cities for Jobs Right Now

  1. Thanks Greg, now I can trust you cause you blogged about news or something.

    I really don’t get that rant against bloggers I guess.

  2. I think job seekers should focus on new sites with new jobs and new ideas. Here I have a new website for jobs : Apojigo.com. Job providers and job seekers, both can use eProfiles and ePortfolios for better results.

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