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Where and Where Not to Target Your Job Search!

A great article on the best and worst cities for employment in the United States. What's not great about this article is that two major Michigan cities (Detroit and Flint) are on the worst list. Looks like it’s a good time to be a nurse or to move to Florida. Interestingly enough though, in Flint, the article reports, there are more jobs in education, training and library workers than in other fields. Read on for more information!

Best and Worst Cities for Job Growth By Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder.com writer

The Best...

Florida isn't just for vacationers and retirees anymore. It seems the Sunshine State is also a hub for employers and businesses eager to expand and hire more workers.

Forbes.com recently released its annual list of the 200 Best Places for Businesses and Careers, and, among those places, five Florida cities ranked in the top 10 for U.S. cities with the highest job growth. Cape Coral, Fla. held the top spot for cities with the highest job growth. Las Vegas, Nev. ranked second, followed by Naples, Fla. and Sarasota, Fla. McAllen, Tex. rounded out the top five.

If you need a change of scenery and are thinking about relocating in the next few years, consider one of the following 10 cities, which are projected to have the highest job growth this year, as reported by Forbes.com and based on five-year projections from Economy.com.

Cape Coral, Florida
Population: 562,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary*:
Registered nurses -- $44,561
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $48,772
Accountants and auditors -- $41,609
Jobs more common to Cape Coral than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Helpers/roofers -- $19,634
Athletes and sports competitors -- $15,496
Construction managers -- $55,752

Las Vegas, Nevada
Population: 1,777,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Elementary school teachers -- $29,318
Registered nurses -- $51,869
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $49,474
Jobs more common to Las Vegas than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Gaming supervisors -- $22,624
Gaming change persons and booth cashiers -- $23,016
Gaming service workers -- $12,879

Naples, Florida
Population: 317,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $47,015
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $52,641
Accountants and auditors -- $41,363
Jobs more common to Naples than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Construction managers -- $67,005
Helpers -- painters, plasterers, paperhangers and stucco masons -- $19,753
Tile and marble setters -- $30,447

Sarasota, Florida
Population: 689,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $43,211
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $48,643
Accountants and auditors -- $39,408
Jobs more common to Sarasota than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Fence erectors -- $24,917
Financial managers -- $75,189
Motorboat mechanics -- $27,961

McAllen, Texas
Population: 697,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Elementary school teachers -- $36,246
Registered nurses -- $47,115
Secondary school teachers -- $39,915
Jobs more common to McAllen than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Personal and home care aids -- $16,142
Oil, gas and mining service unit operators -- $29,877
Agricultural products graders and sorters -- $12,472

Port St. Lucie, Florida
Population: 391,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $46,074
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $39,025
Accountants and auditors -- $43,736
Jobs more common to Port St. Lucie than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Helpers -- painters, paperhangers, plasterers and stucco masons -- $25,097
Helpers -- roofers -- $18,240
Roofers -- $24,463

Riverside, California
Population: 4,017,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Elementary school teachers -- $48,696
Registered nurses -- $58,573
Secondary school teachers -- $50,286
Jobs more common to Riverside than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Terazzo workers and finishers -- $32,930
Slot key persons -- $13,343
Automotive glass installers and repairers -- $42,514

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Population: 417,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $41,669
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $43,358
Elementary school teachers -- $36,306
Jobs more common to Fayetteville than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Meat, poultry and fish cutters and trimmers -- $17,975
Agricultural inspectors -- $27,180
Purchasing managers -- $54,734

Ocala, Florida
Population: 311,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $44,557
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $43,782
Loan officers -- $36,586
Jobs more common to Ocala than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Recreational vehicle service technicians -- $28,633
Farmworkers, farm and ranch hands -- $17,963
Nonfarm animal caretakers -- $17,209

Phoenix, Arizona
Population: 3,976,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Elementary school teachers -- $29,399
Registered nurses -- $50,755
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $43,028
Jobs more common to Phoenix than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Aircraft structure surfaces, rigging and systems assemblers -- $35,324
Gaming and surveillance officers and gaming investigators -- $22,074
Umpires, referees and other sports officials -- $50,326

The Worst...

Your heart may be in San Francisco, but your best chances of finding a new job in the coming years are probably elsewhere.

For its annual "Best Places for Businesses and Careers" list, Forbes.com ranked 200 United States metropolitan cities based on the accumulated factors of job growth, cost of doing business, educational attainment, living costs and crime rates. Although San Francisco ranked high among cities with the number of adult inhabitants with a college degree, it came in at a dismal No. 175 overall and an even more dismal No. 197 for places with high job growth.

Still, in terms of job growth, the home to Rice-A-Roni performed better than Hickory, N.C., San Jose, Calif. and New Orleans, La., the city with the smallest job growth on Forbes.com's list.

According to Forbes, the following metro areas are top 10 places where U.S. job growth is smallest. If you are looking for and are having trouble finding work in one of these places, it may be that the supply of job candidates outnumbers the demand for workers.

New Orleans, Lousiana
Population**: 913,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary*:
Registered nurses -- $50,496
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $37,236
Elementary school teachers -- $34,374
Jobs more common near New Orleans than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Pump operators -- $38,149
Sailors and marine oilers -- $27,807
Bridge and lock tenders -- $25,469

San Jose, California
Population: 1,774,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Computer applications software engineers -- $78,822
Computer systems software engineers -- $88,659
Registered nurses -- $79,649
Jobs more common near San Jose than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Semiconductor processors -- $34,169
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons -- $186,196
Computer hardware engineers -- $88,163

Hickory, North Carolina
Population: 358,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $45,244
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $43,338
Elementary school teachers -- $32,390
Jobs more common near Hickory than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Wood model makers -- $24,799
Wood patternmakers -- $25,750
Upholsterers -- $34,240

San Francisco, California
Population: 1,692,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $71,408
Accountants and auditors -- $51,435
Computer applications software engineers --$70,426
Jobs more common near San Francisco than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Mathematical scientists -- $69,664
Graduate teaching assistants -- $26,324
Biochemists and biophysicists -- $76,807

Detroit, Michigan
Population: 1,977,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $53,194
Elementary school teachers -- $50,238
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $54,024
Jobs more common near Detroit than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners --$24,689
Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators and tenders -- $45,476
Power plant operators -- $55,733

Cambridge, Massachusetts
Population: 1,471,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $65,598
Accountants and auditor -- $47,239
Computer applications software engineers -- $69,912
Jobs more common near the Cambridge area than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Nuclear technicians -- $55,952
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons -- $193,462
Atmospheric and space scientists -- $62,651

Flint, Michigan
Population: 444,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $48,594
Elementary school teachers -- $50,475
Secondary school teachers -- $48,177
Jobs more common near Flint than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Postsecondary teachers -- $60,113
Education, training and library workers -- $51,530
Elementary and secondary education administrators -- $71,703

Binghamton, New York
Population: 248,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $41,437
Secondary school teachers -- $40,957
Elementary school teachers -- $36,611
Jobs more common near Binghamton than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Coil winders, tapers and finishers -- $16,525
Judges and magistrates -- $70,856
Legislators -- $102,050

Canton, Ohio
Population: 411,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $47,910
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $41,607
Secondary school teachers -- $45,051
Jobs more common near Canton than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Metal and plastic forging machine operators -- $45,255
Welding operators -- $27,655
Heat treating equipment operators -- $23,888

Dayton, Ohio
Population: 846,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:
Registered nurses -- $45,867
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $48,827
Secondary school teachers -- $44,184
Jobs more common near Dayton than other U.S. cities and average local salary:
Metal and plastic workers -- $32,182
Materials engineers -- $76,952
Postsecondary engineering teachers -- $50,824

*Salary information provided by CBsalary.com. All other data from Forbes.com and CityTownInfo.com.
**Population numbers based on metro area.

Posted by kkowatch at January 2, 2008 03:20 PM

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