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Glimmers of hope—even in the worst job markets

Worries about the sluggish jobs recovery continue to nag at the economy but there are glimmers of hope — even in the worst job markets in America, according to the latest jobs report from job-listing site Indeed.com.

“Absolutely, I think the data are showing very clearly that there is a steady recovery,” said Paul Forster, CEO of Indeed.com. “And I expect the momentum to continue — across almost all sectors.”

Take Detroit: At the depths of the recession, in August 2009, Detroit had 18 job seekers for every job listing, according to Indeed.com. Today, there are six job seekers for ever job opening. And, while the Motor City is still one of the worst job markets, it’s moved up the list a couple notches as the auto industry recovers.

On the flip side, consider Jacksonville, Fla.: In August 2009, when Detroit was struggling to survive, Jacksonville was enjoying a run as the No. 5 city on Indeed’s list, with three job seekers for every job. In the latest report, Jacksonville has slipped in its ratio — there are now four job seekers for every opening — and it’s fallen to No. 44 on the list, putting it in the bottom 10, not the top 10.

Is your city one of America's Worst Job Markets? Click through to find out — and learn who's hiring in your town.

By Cindy Perman
Posted 1 Oct 2010

Photo: Getty Images || Sources: Indeed.com, Census Bureau, Labor Department, Sperling’s Best Places