CareerBliss Data Shows Bigger (Cities) Isn’t Always Better For Hiring in 2011

Posted January 05, 2011

Best hiring cities in 2011Irvine, 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 that for 2011, smaller populated cities such as Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore and Hartford, Conn., actually outrank many large cities such as Dallas and San Francisco. The data reveals that it is not always the larger metro areas that provide more job opportunities, rather 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 20 Hiring Cities

RankCityAnnual Open Jobs Listed*
1New York779,778
4Los Angeles528,870
10San Francisco283,080
15San Jose, Calif.222,647
17Hartford, Conn.174,705
20San Diego149,513

*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. Heidi Golledge, Co-founder and CEO of CareerBliss says, “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.  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 six hundred thousand people, Charlotte outranks cities such as Dallas, Houston and San Diego, which have more than one million people in their metro areas. 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 OpeningsJob Type*
1Information Technology Jobs
2Sales Jobs
3Engineering Jobs
4Marketing Jobs
5Healthcare Jobs
6Accounting Jobs
7Management Jobs
8Manufacturing Jobs
9QA - Quality Control Jobs
10Nurse / Healthcare Jobs

* Based on over 2 million jobs listings on

Heidi Golledge of CareerBliss says, “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.”

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