The Best Cities for Job Searching
Apparently, though we both had success finding jobs here in Chicago, our instincts to move to a larger city might have been the wrong ones in this economy. When CareerBuilder.com’s The Work Buzz posted an article titled “13 of the Best Cities for Jobs”, naturally I assumed you’d find at the top of the list New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Isn’t logic clear that larger cities might have more job opportunities? Rather, the list is topped by Lincoln, Nebraska and Bismarck, North Dakota. In fact, this native North Dakotan found 6 of the 13 cities near my hometown (in the upper midwest) and 2 of those cities in North Dakota itself.
The Work Buzz list is based solely on unemployment rates, a strong indicator of job availability, but definitely not the only indicator. I found another study from Indeed.com that went a step further, comparing the ratio of job postings to the unemployment rate in that city. On this list, you’ll find a larger range of cities, New York City included. But you’ll also still find Hartford, Connecticut and other smaller cities have ample job opportunities.
The answer isn’t as clear cut as it might seem. Small town vs. big city, it’s hard to tell which might better produce job search results. But whatever your taste might be, think outside the box when considering any potential move. It might be that Bismarck, North Dakota provides as many job opportunities as the Big Apple.