Key to job search: Location, location, location

Having a hard timing landing a job? Here’s one way to tell if the problem is more about you or where you live. Job search engine has just published a Job Search Difficulty Index , which measures the challenge of finding employment in 50 major cities in the U.S., as well as in every state and the District of Columbia.

Juju calculated its job search difficulty rankings for each metro area by dividing the number of unemployed workers (using Bureau of Labor Statistics data) by the number of jobs in Juju’s database of available online jobs, which is continuously updated by thousands of employer career portals, recruiter websites and job boards. The resulting number indicates how many unemployed people there are per advertised job in a given area.

The upshot: You’re going to have more competition for jobs, and a tougher time finding one, in Detroit, St. Louis, Miami and some hard hit California towns. Jobs are more plentiful in Washington, D.C., San Jose, Baltimore and Salt Lake City.

Check out’s full lists of cities and states to see what’s going on where you live.

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