St. Louis, Mo., Tops 10 Toughest Cities to Find a Job

St. Louis, MOIf you're living in St. Louis, Mo., Detroit or Miami, you might want to consider moving to Washington, D.C., San Jose, Calif., or, believe it or not, New York City. That's because the first cities mentioned have the fewest job openings per unemployed worker, and the latter have the most, according to research done by, a leading job search engine.

While there is only one advertised job available for every 12.02 unemployed workers in St. Louis, there is a job for every 1.28 employment seekers in Washington, D.C.. Those are pretty good odds, and it's not an extreme weather or cost-of-living change, if you're willing to live in the suburbs. You might want to start thinking of relatives and former classmates in the D.C. area who could put you up while you search, or at least do some research for you. If you're unemployed in St. Louis or Detroit, it could be time to start reaching out.

These startling numbers were taken from Juju's U.S. States Index, which measures the difficulty of finding employment in each state around the country. It was calculated by dividing the number of unemployed workers in each state, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), by the number of jobs in Juju's comprehensive index of millions of online jobs in the United States, which is compiled and updated continuously from thousands of employer career portals, recruiter websites, and job boards all over the Internet.

California's job woes just seem to get worse and worse. It has three cities (Riverside, Los Angeles and Sacramento) on the list of 10 Toughest Places to Find a Job. However, it does have one city -- San Jose -- on the list of 10 Easiest Places to Find a Job. No other states have multiple cities on either list.

10 Toughest Cities to Find a Job

So here are the 10 Toughest Cities to Find a Job, along with the number of people looking per every advertised job opening:

  1. St. Louis, Mo. (12.02)

  2. Detroit, Mich. (11.81)

  3. Miami, Fla. (9.73)

  4. Las Vegas, Nev. (9.14)

  5. Riverside, Calif. (8.58)

  6. Los Angeles, Calif. (7.54)

  7. Sacramento, Calif. (6.81)

  8. Portland, Ore. (6.06)

  9. Memphis, Tenn. (5.90)

  10. Providence, R.I. (5.69)

10 Easiest Cities to Find a Job

Looking on the brighter side, you could try finding work in one of the 10 Easiest Cities to Find a Job:

  1. Washington, D.C. (1.28)

  2. San Jose, Calif. (1.64)

  3. New York, N.Y. (1.76)

  4. Baltimore, Md. (1.76)

  5. Hartford, Conn. (2.27)

  6. Oklahoma City, Okla. (2.46)

  7. Boston, Mass. (2.75)

  8. Salt Lake City, Utah (2.80)

  9. San Antonio, Texas (2.84)

  10. Denver, Colo. (2.85)

It's interesting to note that half of the easiest cities to find a job are in the Northeast, while the rest are spread out across the country. None are in the deep South or Midwest. Tough times call for drastic measures. In the Great Depression of the '30s, it was not uncommon for the main bread winner of the family to look for work in another state and send funds home until enough money was earned to move the rest of the family. With communication and transportation so much quicker, easier and cheaper these days, it might not be a bad idea to reconsider that option.

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