The Tampa Bay area has a higher unemployment rate than Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville. By at least one measure, though, it's easier to find a job here.
Job search site Juju.com has ranked the job markets of 50 major cities, comparing their available job pool to online job advertisements.
Best in the country: Washington, D.C., with a relatively healthy two people per advertised job. The worst: Detroit, with a daunting 21 job seekers per posting. Miami also was mired in the cluster of the worst, coming in at No. 48 with 15.2 job seekers per online ad.
Tampa placed better than any major metro area in Florida and better than most metro markets in the country. It ranked 20th, with 6.6 job seekers per posting. Markets from Atlanta to Houston to Charlotte, N.C., all placed lower.
For its analysis, Juju used an index of online job postings culled from thousands of job boards, recruiting firms and employer Web sites.
Brendan Cruickshank, vice president of Juju.com, called the rankings "a good general guide" to difficulties faced by workers in particular geographies. But he cautioned against taking the list too literally. For one, the list ignores available jobs that aren't advertised online. It also doesn't reflect the quality of posted jobs.
Moreover, Juju.com notes, the unemployment rate used in the calculations only reflects part of the pool of candidates that might respond to a job listing.
The country's unemployment rate of 10.2 percent doesn't include part-timers seeking full-time work and discouraged workers not actively in a job hunt. If they were included, the unemployment rate would be 17.5 percent, the highest since the measure began in 1994.
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