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10 Best Cities for Job Seekers

10 Best Cities for Job Seekers
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Based on data from the online job search site ZipRecruiter, the 10 best cities for job seekers are located in the midwestern, northeastern and northwestern United States.

The metro area comprising Minneapolis; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Bloomington, Wisconsin, tops this year's list of the best cities for job seekers, with 1.72 job openings for every job seeker. The area moved up to the top spot from seventh place on last year's rankings.

"The Twin Cities serve as a business hub between Seattle and Chicago, offer opportunities in a multitude of industries and maintain a low rate of job competition even with a relatively large population," ZipRecruiter wrote on its blog.

ZipRecruiter developed its rankings after looking at internal data on how many jobs are available in each city and how many people are looking for jobs in each area. [See Related Story: 10 Happiest (and Unhappiest) Cities for Workers]

Coming in second on this year's list was the Providence, Rhode Island, metro area; the research showed that there are 1.41 open jobs for every professional looking for work there.

"The Providence metro area earns a high spot on our list of best cities [in which] to work in 2017 through its prominent health care job market, recent plans for investment toward diversification into industries like software and biomed, and its dedication to job growth over the last year," ZipRecruiter wrote on its blog.

The complete top 10 list of the best cities for jobs in 2017 and the industries with most openings in those cities are:

1. Minneapolis – 1.72 ratio

  1. Health care
  2. Finance and insurance
  3. Automotive
  4. Retail
  5. Government and community

2. Providence, Rhode Island – 1.41 ratio

  1. Health care
  2. Business
  3. Automotive
  4. Retail
  5. Finance and insurance

3. Portland, Oregon – 1.33 ratio

  1. Health care
  2. Finance and insurance
  3. Automotive
  4. Business
  5. Retail

4. Kansas City, Missouri; and Kansas City, Kansas – 1.21 ratio

  1. Health care
  2. Automotive
  3. Retail
  4. Finance and insurance
  5. Business

5. Cincinnati – 1.16 ratio

  1. Health care
  2. Automotive
  3. Government and community
  4. Retail
  5. Business

5. Seattle – 1.16 ratio

  1. Health care
  2. Finance and insurance
  3. Sports and recreation
  4. Automotive
  5. Business

7. St. Louis – 1.12 ratio

  1. Health care
  2. Finance and insurance
  3. Business
  4. Government and community
  5. Retail

8. Pittsburgh – 1.10 ratio

  1. Health care
  2. Personal care
  3. Government and community
  4. Business
  5. Finance and insurance

9. Louisville, Kentucky – 1.09 ratio

  1. Health care
  2. Automotive
  3. Finance and insurance
  4. Retail
  5. Technology

10. Boston – 1.07 ratio

  1. Health care
  2. Retail
  3. Automotive
  4. Business
  5. Government and community

For people focused on finding a job in their specific industry, ZipRecruiter also outlined the top cities for job seekers within the five industries with the most job openings: health care, finance and insurance, automotive, government and community, and business.

The five best cities for job seekers in each of those industries are:

Health care

  1. Seattle
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Minneapolis
  4. Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas
  5. Riverside, California

Finance and insurance

  1. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Minneapolis
  4. Seattle
  5. Milwaukee

Automotive

  1. Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas
  2. Minneapolis
  3. Richmond, Virginia
  4. San Francisco
  5. Nashville, Tennessee

Government and community

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Birmingham, Alabama
  3. Minneapolis
  4. San Diego
  5. Richmond, Virginia

Business

  1. Minneapolis
  2. Providence, Rhode Island
  3. Portland, Oregon
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Seattle

ZipRecruiter advised those looking for work and willing to relocate to a new city for a job to do their homework before starting their search.

"Research the positions within each industry to widen your options, stay on top of your market research, and weigh the pros and cons of living in one of the cities listed above," the company wrote on its blog.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.