Los Angeles Is the No. 1 Place to Find a Job
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The City of Angels could be the city for new jobs in 2013.

Los Angeles tops this year's Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job ranking from online career community CareerBliss, which ranks cities based on employee happiness, unemployment trends and current job availability.

With an above-average happiness score, a decrease in unemployment and an increase in job opportunities, the study found the California city to be a prime location for those looking for work this year.

Other cities ranked in the top 10 include:

  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Richmond, Va.
  • St. Louis
  • Birmingham, Ala.
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Dallas

Heidi Golledge, CEO and co-founder of CareerBliss, said employee happiness —which CareerBliss bases on employee reviews that analyze 10 key characteristics of a happy work environment — is considered because the best cities to find work aren't necessarily those with the most job postings.

"To find a city that has a great job market, you must look beyond just one factor," Golledge said.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, CareerBliss rates the Boulder, Colo., job market as the country's worst, with New York City ranking in the bottom 10. The Big Apple received its low ranking for not seeing a significant reduction in unemployment, below-average employee happiness and minimal job availability for a city of its size.

Other cities CareerBliss considers the worst job-wise in 2013 are:

  • Milwaukee
  • Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Wichita, Kan.
  • Allentown, Pa.
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Baltimore
  • Philadelphia
  • Reno, Nev.

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