Get a Job: Cities With the Best Odds for Employment

As companies start hiring again, where are the best places to get a job?

Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.

Here’s a hint: Concrete beats palm trees.

Washington, DC, and San Jose, Calif., were the top places to get a job, with a ratio of one unemployed person per job application, according to the latest survey from

Here’s a helpful fact is you’re looking to move to DC — the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere is the Metro Station in the DC suburb of Wheaton, clocking in at a whobbing 500 feet. That’s twice the length of an average city block. (More fun facts from

Baltimore, New York and Salt Lake City rounded out the top five, with a ratio of two unemployed persons per job listing.

That’s encouraging news for New Yorkers, particularly after the news recently that hundreds of people camped out in Queensone rainy spring weekend, waiting for applications to be handed out for 10 jobs as an elevator inspector that started at $14 an hour.

The jobs in the top three cities ranged anywhere from receptionist to hospital director to appeals officer for the IRS.

Here’s the full Top 10 list:

1. Washington, DC (1:1 ratio of job listing to unemployed person)
2. San Jose, Calif. (1:1)
3. Baltimore, MD (1:2)
4. New York, NY (1:2)
5. Salt Lake City, Utah (1:2)
6. Oklahoma City, OK (1:2)
7. Hartford, CT (1:2)
8. Boston, MA (1:2)
9. Seattle, WA (1:3)
10. Austin, TX (1:3)

At the bottom of the pack were Detroit, Los Angeles and Miami, where, for every job listing, there were anywhere from seven to nine people applying.

The buzz on’s forums include many postings of people either seeking jobs or those venting about long-term unemployment. A poster from De Plaines, Ill., wrote a “Frustrated Job Seeker’s Rant,”that has some harsh words for employers who laid people off to this question for recruiters and hiring managers: “Please tell me where the black hole is. I'd like to retrieve the 798 copies of my resume.”

Not surprisingly, that post has six pages of comments.

There’s an indicator of how the economy’s doing: When job-board forums start having more listings than rants, and the comments pages go back to the low single digits!

We’ll end on a positive note: says based on the trends its seeing, job seekers can expect less competition in the coming months.

Until then — we rant!

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