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Silicon Valley still rules -- in job market, at least

Here's an interesting graphic produced by the job search engine start-up, Indeed. It shows the number of jobs each city has per capita (see below); the larger the circle, the more the number of jobs per person in that city. It shows that San Jose leads the rest of the nation, with 99 job openings per a thousand people.


That's a lot of jobs. In fact, it suggests we could wipe out entire local unemployment rate -- that is, if we were adequately trained. While we have thousands of people here without jobs, they're just not skilled enough for the jobs available. (Via Fred Wilson's blog)

Below is the ranking of some of the top cities, and note that San Jose has twice or more the number of jobs than the bottom 30 of the 50 most populous metro areas. Also below, see the interesting graphic on the rise of demand for AJAX-skilled employees...

Rankings Third Quarter 2005
50 most populous metro areas ranked by job postings per capita.

Rank (Last Qtr Rank) Metropolitian Area Job Postings Per 1000 People
1 (1) San Jose, CA 99
2 (7) Las Vegas, NV 92
3 (3) Washington, DC 88
4 (2) Boston, MA 80
5 (5) Denver, CO 67
6 (6) San Diego, CA 67
7 (4) Salt Lake City, UT 66
8 (10) Seattle, WA 65
9 (22) St. Paul, MN 63
10 (15) Phoenix, AZ 59
11 (9) Austin, TX 59
12 (13) San Francisco, CA 59
13 (16) Baltimore, MD 56
14 (11) Sacramento, CA 53
15 (12) Hartford, CT 51
16 (21) Atlanta, GA 51
17 (8) Milwaukee, WI 50
18 (18) Orlando, FL 50
19 (17) Charlotte, NC 49

And, if you are an AJAX specialist:


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It doesn't track the number of jobs each city has. It tracks the online job posting that Indeed knows about. If the job posting isn't online, or if it is on a local classified that Indeed doesn't crawl, then it is not include. So its numbers probably bias toward more wired cities.

Wai Yip Tung on January 23, 2006 2:25 PM
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Good point about the wired cities being over-represented here.

Matt Marshall on January 23, 2006 5:37 PM
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Indeed is really a cool site!

Helen Wang on January 23, 2006 10:18 PM
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Indeed does not index many of the nitch job search websites. As an engineer, I often use http://www.interec.net for my own job search. Its supposed to be the oldest engineering specific job search website, but not indexed by indeed. Another example is icrunchdata.com a good job search website for statistical analysis people, but again not indexed by indeed.

Albert on March 5, 2006 1:04 PM
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Isn't Seattle offering more potential in terms of job growth over the next 2 years?

Vincent Granville on July 10, 2006 9:32 PM
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