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L.A. ranks near bottom among big cities for finding a job, website says


If you’re having a hard time finding a job, don’t take it personally.

According to a recently released survey by Indeed.com, an online job postings aggregator, Los Angeles is one of the worst cities in the nation for finding a job. The city is 47th in the Job Market Competition index, which measures the number of job postings on Indeed.com to the number of unemployed for the 50 most populous U.S. cities.

L.A. has a ratio of one job posting per every eight unemployed people, the survey said. Riverside was ranked 48th, with one job posting per every nine unemployed people.

Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the website compiled rankings to give users a sense of the difficulty of finding jobs in different markets, said Paul Forster, chief executive officer of Indeed.com.

 “One of the features of the economy we are in is that it’s not uniform,” he said. “It’s evident from this page that it really does vary a lot from one region to another.”

Forster said the Job Market Competition index will be updated monthly. It could be a good tool for job-seekers who are looking to relocate to a region where it’s not as difficult to find a job, he said.

“It could help them determine where best to focus their efforts,” Forster said.

The best cities for finding a job were Washington, D.C., and Jacksonville, Fla. Washington had six job postings for every unemployed person. Detroit ranked last with one job posting per every 18 unemployed people.

Indeed.com is a job posting website that aggregates job advertisements from thousands of sites, such as monster.com and careerbuilder.com, Forster said.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

Photo: Job seekers clog the Los Angeles Mission Career Fair in June. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

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I'm not sure the people of LA know about jobs.
First, you have to know how many people are out of work.
Second,you have to know what the salary base is.
Third, you have to see if the state or city gives businessmen a chance to grow.
Lastly, you should watch the flow of traffic. Can you get goods into the city or out of the city.
No one knows how many people live in LA.Like many modern cities,they have a vague idea and they don't know how many people are working.
No one knows the difference between posted salaries and actual salaries in the underground economy. There's no minimum wage in LA.
It's incredible how people have not watched the angry letters to the editors from businessmen,truckers,realtors,builders.
Lastly, LA, Mexico City ,Tokyo, and Shanghai cannot be penetrated in a day.You really need choppers to airlift goods to stores.It takes forever to move goods or rapidly respond to anything except medical problems.

I know L.A. is in bad shape, but I don't think I would trust the website that released this data. They're claiming that Jacksonville, FL is one of the best places to find a job.

My husband and I moved out of Los Angeles about four years ago...to Jackonville, Florida. We moved there because we read articles on websites like that one, which claimed the city boasted of plethora of jobs and a low cost of living.

There WERE jobs, all right. Unfortunately, most of them paid about $10/hour, and many less than that; most of the "jobs" involved working at malls, selling used cars or being a telenuisance operator. While the cost of living there is low, it is NOT low enough to make it on $10/hour or less, unless you're willing to live hand-to-mouth in a ghetto trailer park. We ended up leaving after only 17 months. We live near Philadelphia, now, and our situation is far, far better. We wish we'd just moved here, first.

I would never advise anyone to move to Jacksonville. unless they have a job waiting for them, and I mean GUARANTEED, not "I'm sure they'll hire me" or "I feel confident I can get a job."

I have another beef with this article:

----It could be a good tool for job-seekers who are looking to relocate to a region where it’s not as difficult to find a job---

As my husband and I discovered, getting a job in a city where you're not currently living is nearly impossible. Here's the hard, cold reality: Most employers do not want to deal with job applicants who live hundreds or thousands of miles away. And why would they? Why should they hire somebody who can't start for several weeks or a couple of months because they have to move first, when they can just pick someone who lives 20 minutes away and can start tomorrow?

It's a catch-22: you can't move to a place before you find a job (unless you have an assload of savings you can live off of) but you can't get a job unless you're already living there.

The bigger issue is that most people do not know how to correctly apply for a job. I have put up several job postings in the last week and am disturbed by the poor quality of the resumes and cover letters I am getting.

I understand that people are very desperate to get a job, but many of them need to realize that quality is better than quantity. Most of the cover letters I receive are very generic and sometimes irrelevant. I see applicants put the wrong company name, the wrong job, etc. Many people need to spend the time learning how to produce a quality cover letter and resume, otherwise they will never find a job, regardless of the economic conditions.

Spend the time researching a company and writing a very company-specific cover letter. You will stand out and I promise the tide will turn.

L.A., as has all of California, become the Land of Bilk and Flummery ...

Not true, L.A. has a huge underground economy and there are plenty of $10 a hour jobs for those who like to live in rented rooms, cardboard boxes, or in a van by the river.

well maybe they should put an migrating law on all citizens who move to LA! too many people for not enough jobs!!


Liberally run cities like Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, CA have large immigrant populations and lots of in-migration, as well. Plenty of competition for government jobs and semi-skilled labor, as well. It has been this way ever since the first Bush recession in 1991. Since 2000, it has progressively gotten worse.

Too funny to see the arrogance of the obummer voters now turned to dismay. Why do peeps in low places seem to get on their high horse and then expect us to give a hoot. Shouldn't everything be perfect now? why is everything so wrong? What's that matter? do you realize how stooopid you all are? can't blame bush now. Come one, who's sooooo smart now? Mu Hu Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

This is so tragic yet is also pretty true. I've been looking for 7 months now--sent out about 200 resumes and onky 8 interviews. Maybe it's time to move back to the East Coast?

L.A. has a ratio of one job posting per every eight unemployed people, the survey said.

See what 8 years of Bush did to us?!? What were people thinking in 2004?..we could've put an early stop to this! Oh yeah lol, most fell for his boogeyman coming to get us schtick!!


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