Spring Fever: The Best and Worst Cities for Jobs

San Jose and Portland among top; New York and New Orleans rate low

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For many people, spring is an optimistic time filled with opportunities for renewal. Many take the time to clear out the clutter and make room for bigger and better things, whether personal or professional. Businesses take time to make changes, implementing new ideas and hiring or firing if necessary. A recent survey conducted by ManPowerGroup, an employment services firm, shows that many companies make new hires during the first and second quarters. They use the difference between those who plan to hire and those who plan to fire to determine the “net employment outlook.” Jacquelyn Smith, a Forbes writer, created a list of the best and worst cities for employment based on these numbers. Here are some of the results:

Best Cities

No. 1 (Tie) San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara, Calif

No. 1 (Tie) Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine

Net Employment Outlook: 23%

No. 3 (Tie) Salt Lake City, Utah

No. 3 (Tie) Tucson, Az

Net Employment Outlook: 22%

No. 5 (Tie) Des Moines – West Des Moines, Iowa

No. 5 (Tie) Poughkeepsie – Newburgh – Middletown, N.Y

No. 5 (Tie) Richmond, Va

Net Employment Outlook: 21%

If you are looking for new opportunities here is where you don’t want to be:

Worst Cities

No. 1 Worst City: Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.

Net Employment Outlook: 3%

No.2 (Tie) Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.

No. 2 (Tie) North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, Fla.

No. 2 (Tie) New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La.

No. 2 (Tie) Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich.

Net Employment Outlook: 5%

No. 6 (Tie) Springfield, Mass.

No. 6 (Tie) Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md.

No. 6 (Tie) New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.

No. 6 (Tie) Honolulu, Hawaii

Net Employment Outlook: 6%

Read more at Forbes

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