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Best and worst job postings per capita by city

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As U.S.News reported recently, there is but one city that stands out among the 50 largest in the U.S. for most job postings for capita. Just think about what section of the country’s jobs have actually held up during this recession depression.

Can you guess it?

Of course, it’s none other than Washington D.C., with 133 job postings per 1,000 residents in the second quarter of the year, according to a report on

With D.C. No. one, it may not come as a surprise to hear that Baltimore, Md., in close proximity, came in a close second.

And flying in at No. three on the list of super strong city job forces is San Jose. (Yeah, that one shocked me a little, too.)

Here’s what U.S.News pulled off the top 10 from Indeed’s list of 50 largest metro areas ranked according to job postings per capita in the second quarter of 2009:

1. Washington, D.C.

2. Baltimore

3. San Jose, Calif.

4. Austin

5. Hartford, Conn.

6. Seattle, Wash.

7. Salt Lake City

8. Denver

9. Boston

10. Las Vegas (**Charlotte, N.C. shared the same number of postings per capita as Las Vegas.**)

And I’m sure you’re curious to know what city came in last at the No. 50 spot. You may be able to guess this one like you did the first. I’ll give you some hints: 1) It’s been called America’s most dangerous city, 2) it’s been featured on Discovery Health recently with a brand new series about the busiest E.R. trauma centers in the country, and 3) it’s the largest city in Michigan.

Yes, that’s right. The city with the worst job postings per capita in the U.S. is Detroit.

Now that you’ve seen the last, let’s see what cities came just above that:

41. Portland, Ore.
42. New York
43. Birmingham
44. Chicago
45. Riverside, Calif.
46. Los Angeles
47. Buffalo
48. Rochester
49. Miami

Brittany @ July 14, 2009

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