In its Best and Worst Cities to Find a Job in 2013 survey, career community CareerBliss identified what it deemed the most and least viable cities in the U.S. for job seekers in 2013. The survey considered three factors first and foremost, overall employee happiness, unemployment trends, and job availability. Los Angeles topped the list laying claimed to the happiest workers in the country, according to the survey. Boulder, Colorado came in last with its rising unemployment trend and lower than average employee happiness.
The top ten best cities in the country for 2013 include, in descending order: Los Angeles, Tucson, Dayton, Virginia Beach, Richmond, Saint Louis, Birmingham, Houston, Indianapolis, and Dallas. The bottom ten include, in ascending order: Reno, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, El Paso, Allentown, Wichita, Buffalo, Milwaukee, and Boulder.
“To find a city that has a great job market, you must look beyond just one factor,” Heidi Golledge, CEO and co-founder of CareerBliss, said. “At CareerBliss, our unique understanding of what makes people happy at work, combined with our unsurpassed knowledge of job trends, and unique career tools available on our website enable us to share information with people to help them assess the best location for their career.”
The report includes data collected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and measures employee happiness based on ten factors: work-life balance, employee/supervisor relationships, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and immediate job control.