The national unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in November marking the lowest rate the U.S. has since March 2009. However, despite a reported 120,000 new jobs added in November, cities across America face very different employment environments. Many job seekers continue to have difficulties finding employment in the tougher economies around the country.
States with the highest unemployment rates are those that were hit hardest by the housing crisis, such as Nevada at 13.4 percent, California at 11.7 percent and Florida at 10.3 percent. Despite the pleasant climate in these states, the job seekers' attitude might not be so sunny.
Forbes released a list of the top ten worst cities for finding a job in America this week. Based off aggregated data from Indeed.com, Forbes found that Miami, Los Angeles, Riverside, Calif. and Las Vegas topped the list as the worst metro areas for job seekers.
San Jose, Calif., Washington, D.C. and New York were ranked as the strongest cities to look for jobs. Based on Indeed's aggregation, San Jose has close to two job postings per potential applicant, D.C. has 1.7 listed per seeker and New York has 1.2 job per hopeful employee. The least competitive metro areas included Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City and West Palm Beach.