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by SixFigureStart | January 20, 2010


An interesting piece just in from the folks at a "job search difficulty index" that ranks the top 50 metro areas in the U.S. based how many unemployed individuals there are per advertised job. Of course, there's a vast difference between "ease of finding a job" and "ease of finding a job you like in an area you actually want to live," but in this economy we'll take whatever we can get.

Without only a little further ado, then, here's the list (The further ado being this explanation that the easiest way to get the list onto this site was to capture it as two separate images; for that reason, the text that looks like links doesn't actually work. Apologies for that.)

The Top 25

Juju Top 25 list

And the Bottom 25

juju bottom 25 list

Apart from pitying the plight of a jobseeker in Detroit, my major takeaway from this is to wonder what's going on in Phoenix. No other city has jumped as many places in the rankings, which leaves one considering a few possibilities: has Phoenix's economy rebounded faster than expected and outperformed the other locations on the list, or is it more a case of the city's population—once the fastest-growing in the country—shrinking again, the equivalent of gold prospectors leaving town when the rush (in this case to strike gold in the housing market rather than by panning for it) is over?

--Posted by Phil Stott,


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