Job competition lessens in major metro areas

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For the first time in 2010, our Job Market Competition report shows all major metropolitan areas have fewer than 10 unemployed persons per job posting – a notable lessening of job competition since our last report.

Washington D.C. has only one unemployed per job posting, maintaining its first place position as the city with the least competition for jobs. At the other end of the scale, Detroit moved up one place from the bottom position: it now has nine unemployed per job posting, an improvement from 13 earlier this year.

The top five job markets with the least competition for jobs are:

The bottom five markets with the most competition for jobs are:

Consistent with our March Industry Employment Trends, this provides further evidence that an economic recovery is underway. We will update these reports each month, so check back for our unique view of the changing job market.