Bad news for California in a new ranking of job markets. The Business Journal chain reports that the #1 spot for employment opportunities in the nation right now is Boston. And while no California cities make the top ten, the bottom of the list is sadly dominated by the Golden State.

Top 10: 1. Boston; 2. Ogden, Utah; 3. Worcester, Mass.; 4. Dallas-Fort Worth; 5. Houston; 6. Oklahoma City; 7. Omaha; 8. Akron, Ohio; 9. Rochester, N.Y.; 10. Grand Rapids, Mich.

Bottom 10: 100. Fresno, Calif.; 99. Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.; 98. Palm Bay-Melbourne, Fla.; 97. Stockton, Calif.; 96. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.; 95. Las Vegas; 94. Memphis; 93. Modesto, Calif.; 92. Sacramento; 91. Los Angeles.

Fifty percent of each market’s score is based on its annual private-sector growth rates during the past five years, 30 percent on its jobless rates over the past 12 months, and 20 percent on its raw changes in private-sector employment in half a decade.

California Cities Near the Bottom in New Jobs Rankings 8 August,2011Rachel Dornhelm

  • Surprised to see that Austin, Texas isn’t listed in the Top 10. It’s been listed on most of the job market lists most of the year. California isn’t a surprise. Most of the state is unfriendly to businesses. It’s not all the state’s fault – some of it is a matter of circumstances. Prices are too high for everything and it’s easier for companies to do business in other states.


Rachel Dornhelm

Rachel Dornhelm has worked as a reporter, editor and producer in public radio for the last twelve years. She got her start in New York City at WNYC and went on to work with the national business program Marketplace, WBUR’s “On Point” and KQED News in San Francisco. Her work has been honored by the LA Press Club and the SF-Peninsula Press Club.

Rachel has a BA with honors in anthropology from Rice University and did graduate work at NYU.

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