Job Seekers: Is It Time To Move?

Do you ever get the feeling that the grass is greener on the other side?

Perhaps it is.

I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of a city… why do people tend to move closer to one another?  Think about NYC, or LA, or Mexico City, or any major city… what is it that makes people move to where the living spaces are much smaller and much more expensive?

There are many reasons… I personally prefer a smaller city where you can have more property and enjoy a slower pace, but each person has their preferences.  I think, however, that this becomes a sort of glue that keeps us stuck somewhere.

But there are major factors that we can consider.  A new type of measurement I came across is Juju’s “job search difficulty index.”  The US states index shows that there is a job posting for every 1.52 unemployed people in D.C., while there is one job posting for every 17.15 people in Michigan.

In other words, if you are looking for a job, there is a lot less competition in Washington, D.C. than there is in Michigan.

The 5 best states to look for a job, according to this index, are:

  • Washington, D.C. (I know, not a state :))
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota

The 5 worst states to look for a job, according to this index, are:

  • Michigan
  • Idaho
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • Kentucky

You can also see the best and worst cities

Again, not saying you should move, but perhaps it’s easier to find your dream job somewhere else.


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