Bigger Cities Not Always Better For Hiring in 2011, Data Shows

Mid-size Cities May Be Hotter For Jobs than Larger Cities Especially for Tech, Sales and Engineering

Irvine, CA (January 4, 2011) CareerBliss, the leading online career community helping people find joy and success at every step in their careers, announces new data revealing the Top Hiring Cities and Jobs for 2011.

The information is based on analysis from 2010 which evaluates what cities had the highest number of open job listings per metro area. Based on the information, CareerBliss projects the top hiring cities for the new year and found. For 2011, they found less-populated cities such as Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore and Hartford, Conn., actually outrank many large cities such as Dallas and San Francisco.

Baltimore Inner Harbor (StockVault)

Baltimore Inner Harbor (StockVault)

The data reveals that it is not always the larger metro areas that provide more job opportunities. If there is a large need for technology, sales and engineering, a medium sized city can easily be a key area for job growth.

Top Cities

Rank by Open Job Listings City Average Annual Open Jobs Listed*
1 New York 779,778
2 Washington 695,566
3 Chicago 608,375
4 Los Angeles 528,870
5 Philadelphia 457,918
6 Boston 424,726
7 Atlanta 335,493
8 Charlotte 303,725
9 Dallas 293,691
10 San Francisco 283,080
11 Seattle 270,747
12 Pittsburgh 243,136
13 Baltimore 236,672
14 Denver 227,272
15 San Jose, Calif. 222,647
16 Phoenix 186,657
17 Hartford, Conn. 174,705
18 Miami 169,160
19 Houston 167,555
20 San Diego 149,513

*Data based on CareerBliss open jobs for the United States in 2010

Typically, larger cities post more job openings, but CareerBliss data shows a different trend.

“In 2011, you will see an increase in hiring in medium sized cities such as Baltimore, and Hartford Conn., which came in fifteenth and seventeenth on the list,” said Heidi Golledge, Co-founder and CEO of CareerBliss. “Outranking the city of Houston, Baltimore owes its growth to their heavy concentration of jobs in the health, science and technology industries.

When looking for a new career opportunity in 2011, it is vital to keep in mind not only the job and industry type, but location.”

One location job seekers may not typically think of in their search is Charlotte, North Carolina. With a population of about 60,000 people, Charlotte outranks cities such as Dallas, Houston and San Diego, which have more than one million people in their metro areas, in available jobs.

What’s more, data shows a heavy surge in information technology from companies such as BAE Systems which has invested more money into their Charlotte location and added jobs to the area. The upward hiring trend for these twenty cities is expected to continue well into 2011.

In addition to sharing an upward hiring trend, these cities also share a demand for similar job positions. Leading the way in open jobs is technology, followed by sales, engineering and marketing.

Top Jobs

Rank by Number of Job Openings Job Type
1 Information Technology Jobs
2 Sales Jobs
3 Engineering Jobs
4 Marketing Jobs
5 Healthcare Jobs
6 Accounting Jobs
7 Management Jobs
8 Manufacturing Jobs
9 QA – Quality Control Jobs
10 Nurse / Healthcare Jobs

** Based on over 2 million jobs listings on

“Hiring is up across the board and 2011 is expected to be a banner year for not only particular cities, but job seekers and companies alike,” Gollege adds.


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  • Carolyn

    Here is a challenge for you.How does a 51 year old black woman unemployed for 15 months find work. I have been turned down for jobs and advised insurance rates for the employer would be higher for me. I am experienced in many areas. Mainly customer service, supervisor, admin. The lay off has affected my credit as I have fallen behind on the mortgage and other bills. I am considering relocating as I am living in Birmingham Al where unemployment is the highest as is the cost of living.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for writing. I’m sorry to hear about your situation. You, like so many other Americans, are facing a difficult time with the unemployment rate soaring and the job market appearing bleak.
      It’s difficult to pinpoint what may be a stumbling block in your search without more details. But what I like to do is to think proactively in situations such as yours, rather than play the blame-game — which, it doesn’t sound like you are, but it’s certainly tempting to fall into that trap.
      One of the first lines of attack would be, of course, your resume and cover letter. Those are your first introductions to a potential employer and if those don’t absolutely shine, then we shoot ourselves in the foot before even getting it in the door. Have you considered letting a professional resume and cover letter writer review your materials, or at least a friend with an eye for detail?
      For mid-career professionals, you absolutely face a different challenge, which it sounds you’re acknowledging. The question is: how do you turn your years of experience into an asset so much so that prospective employers forget about your age? That’s something that, perhaps, requires a re-branding of sorts (i.e. personal image, education, experience packaging, etc).
      In terms of location, that could certainly be putting a cap on the opportunities, depending on what industry you’re in. And you’re smart to think outside of the box.
      I would love to hear your thoughts, and keep me posted on your job search.