Top 10 US Cities for Jobs Now

Top 10 US Cities for Jobs Now

Although the national unemployment rate ticked up slightly in May 2011, some large cities are seeing an increase in private-sector hiring. In fact, more than 90 percent of the country's largest metro areas saw a drop in unemployment in April, according to the US Department of Labor.

And one reason for this improvement is likely seasonal summer hiring. The Labor Department reports that regions that see a large influx of tourists during the summer showed the steepest month-over-month declines in unemployment. But summer hiring doesn't tell the whole story. Using data pulled from's vast number of job postings and other sources*, we’re seeing an increase in job postings in cities on both coasts as well as in the heartland.

And while not everyone can relocate to where the jobs are, we think the story here is encouraging -- and many job seekers seem to agree. Although the economy's improvement remains slow, we're seeing a dramatic increase in the number of employed workers who have ridden out the recession and are now job searching again.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the top 10 metro areas for jobs:

1. Washington, DC-Arlington-Alexandria

Industries to Watch:
Demand is strong in architecture/engineering, as well as in the related categories of construction/extraction and installation/repair and maintenance.

Search for jobs in the Washington, DC, area.

2. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont

Industries to Watch: Private-sector hiring is robust, with especially positive trends in management, IT, business/financial and architecture/ engineering, among other industries.

Search for jobs in the San Francisco area.

3. Baltimore-Towson

Industries to Watch: Many jobs are available here in legal, management and healthcare (both practitioner and support roles).

Search for jobs in the Baltimore area.

4. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington

Industries to Watch: Look for lots of opportunities in healthcare (practitioners, as well as technical and support workers), business/financial and IT.

Search for jobs in the Minneapolis area.

5. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor

Industries to Watch: Consumer-driven sectors (food preparation/serving and personal care) are trending well, as are industries such as management and IT.

Search for jobs in the Cleveland area.

6. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy

Industries to Watch: The data shows strong growth in healthcare and architecture/engineering (among other industries) and fairly positive trends for computer/mathematical (IT) and business/financial.

Search for jobs in the Boston area.

7. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue

Industries to Watch: There's a high demand here for blue-collar or skilled-labor workers in transportation, construction, installation/repair and production.

Search for jobs in the Seattle area.

8. Orlando-Kissimmee

Industries to Watch: Look to the private sector here for management, IT, and administrative/support jobs. Construction and protective-services jobs are also on the rise.

Search for jobs in the Orlando area.

9. Pittsburgh

Industries to Watch: There are many jobs here for blue-collar workers in transportation, construction, installation/repair and production.

Search for jobs in Pittsburgh.

10. Kansas City

Industries to Watch: There's high demand here for people in the area of creative/marketing (arts, design, sports and entertainment, for example), as well as for workers in office administration and healthcare support roles.

Search for jobs in Kansas City.

* Methodology: To determine the top 10 areas, Monster used data from Wanted Analytics (job posting volume, last 30 days) and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (March 2011). The top 10 metro areas are those that showed the highest number of open positions per worker.

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