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What Cities Offer Best Job Opportunities

 I'm beginning to think there's no future in my city and will consider moving if necessary to find a job. Do you have any idea of what cities have the best opportunities and which have the least?

Ans. One of the leading job search engines, has compiled a Job Search Difficulty Index for US Cities for September. It measures the difficulty of finding employment in each city around the country. Washington DC is the least difficult city as usual, with San Jose and New York serving as runners up. Unfortunately, Miami, FL is the most difficult place to find a job in all 50 states. It's better in Tampa (30) and Jacksonville (36). or Orlando (41). If you live in California, San Francisco is 19; San Diego, 42; Sacramento, 45; Los Angeles, 46 and Riverside, 47. Las Vegas ranks 49, but maybe you'd have so much fun there you wouldn't mind being out of work.

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