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

August 20, 2009 |  9:42 am


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