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Robert Trigaux

Between Washington and Detroit, Tampa Bay slips in metro rankings for job strength

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Brendancruickshankvpjuju Wake up and good morning. Job market watchers never rest when it comes to devising ways to analyze and rank metro areas and their employment situations. One new arrival, Juju.com our of New York City, just put out its second ever monthly analysis that ranks major metro ares based on the number of unemployed people looking for work versus the number of advertised jobs that are available in the area. Juju.com is a job search engine service.

If the Juju.com methodology is on target, our trend line here in Tampa Bay is ugly. Tampa Bay fell seven slots in the latest rankings, a drop tied only by Buffalo, N.Y., and an indicator that it's gotten a lot tougher finding work in the bay area relative to most other metro areas.

The silver lining? Tampa Bay is not Detroit, St. Louis, Miami or Las Vegas. Tampa Bay has seven unemployed people per advertised job, while Detroit has more than 20, St. Louis nearly 18, Miami 14 and Las Vegas nearly 12. Conversely, Washington, D.C.-- courtesy of an ever expanding federal government and defense industry -- is the best job market with only 1.87 unemployed persons per advertised job. A big difference. To Tampa Bay's credit, I suppose, it ranks higher than either Orlando or Miami in the top 50 metro areas.

Metro areas that showed significant signs of improvement were Boston and Atlanta. You can see the status of 50 metro areas below.

I spoke Tuesday evening with Juju.com vice president Brendan Cruickshank (in photo) just after he got off his commuting train in Darien, Conn., to get his take on Tampa Bay's situation. Our metro area had a slight drop in available jobs but another surge in unemployment, which drove the Juju.com formula to show a big drop in the Tampa Bay ranking from No. 25 to No. 32 among metro areas.

Cruickshank said Tampa Bay's vulnerability to declining construction and tourism/hospitality jobs is behind much of the recent performance. Other metro areas like Boston, Baltimore and Washingtonbenefit, in contrast, from their higher concentrations in stronger fields: healthcare, education and defense.

Nationally, there are six unemployed per advertised job. "So Tampa Bay is in the middle of the pack," Cruickshank says,

Here are 50 metro areas ranked according to the number of unemployed individuals per advertised job. Juju.com says it uses Bureau of Labor Statistics for unemployment figures and collects its own data on advertised jobs per market. 

Metro Area, Change Since Last Ranking,  Unemployed Individuals Per Advertised Job
 
1 Washington, DC,  0, 1.87
2 San Jose, CA, 1, 2.68
3 Baltimore, MD, -1, 2.91
4 Boston, MA, 4, 3.11
5 New York, NY, 0, 3.35
6 Salt Lake City, UT, -2, 3.35
7 Hartford, CT, -1, 3.60
8 Denver, CO, -1, 3.81
9 San Antonio, TX , 0, 3.84
10 Austin, TX, 0, 4.30
11 Oklahoma City, OK, 2, 4.42
12 Virginia Beach, VA, 3, 4.91
13 Indianapolis, IN, -2, 4.97
14 Pittsburgh, PA, -2, 5.11
15 Richmond, VA,1, 5.12
16 Milwaukee, WI, 3, 5.20
17 Dallas, TX, 0, 5.22
18 Seattle, WA, 2, 5.33
19 Philadelphia, PA, -5, 5.48
20 San Francisco, CA, 1, 5.64
21 Cleveland, OH,  -3, 5.67
22 St. Paul, MN, 0, 5.67
23 Atlanta, GA, 8, 5.90
24 Houston, TX, 2, 5.96
25 Kansas City, MO, 4, 5.97
26 Nashville, TN, -3, 5.98
27 Columbus, OH, -3, 6.29
28 Phoenix, AZ, 2, 6.36
29 New Orleans, LA, 7, 6.58
30 Charlotte, NC, -2, 6.90
31 Rochester, NY, 7, 6.97
32 Tampa, FL, -7, 7.00
33 Louisville, KY, -1, 7.04
34 Buffalo, NY, -7, 7.20
35 San Diego, CA, -1, 7.40
36 Chicago, IL, -1, 7.40
37 Cincinnati, OH, -4, 7.57
38 Jacksonville, FL, -1, 7.91
39 Memphis, TN, 1, 8.53
40 Portland, OR, 3, 8.91
41 Orlando, FL, -2, 8.92
42 Providence, RI, 0, 9.23
43 Birmingham, AL, -2, 9.62
44 Los Angeles, CA, 1, 10.43
45 Sacramento, CA, -1, 10.97
46 Las Vegas, NV, 1, 11.85
47 Riverside, CA, -1, 12.35
48 Miami, FL, 0, 14.47
49 St. Louis, MO, 0, 17.98
50 Detroit, MI, 0, 20.76

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 12:26pm]

    

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