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US States with the Lowest Job Competition

Updated on November 5, 2014
Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the best places to find work.
Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the best places to find work. | Source

States with the Lowest Job Competition

The following states and metro areas have job openings compared to job seekers in the ratio 1:1. This means that there is one job slot open for each currently registered unemployed person, who should be looking for work.

This does not mean, however, that the job seekers know how to do those jobs, can be easily trained for them, or even want to do them. This also does not mean that all unemployed workers are looking for jobs.

Number One:

Other Locations:

Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Summer 2013.

You can see in the chart below, that numbers of advertised jobs began increasing again in January 2014.

Number of Jobs Advertised in USA in 2013 and 2014

Number of jobs advertised during 2014 across the Internet.
Number of jobs advertised during 2014 across the Internet. | Source

Numbers of advertised jobs began increasing again in January 2014.

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Entrance to South Padre Island at Brownsville.
Entrance to South Padre Island at Brownsville. | Source
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San Antonio Texas at Night. | Source
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San Antonio River Walk. | Source
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Texas Longhorn in Austin. | Source
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Johnson Space Center in Houston. | Source

Best Cities in America

Texas cities are among the best for employment in the USA, according to the 2014 Forbes listing of Best Cities:

Number Three - Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos Metro

Number Five - Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown

Number Nine - Dallas-Plano-Irving

Number Eleven - Fort Worth-Arlington

Number Twelve - San Antonio-New Braunfels

Albuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico: Low Job Competition

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Santa Fe, New Mexico:
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Spotlight on Albuquerque and Santa Fe

Top Five Job Titles Needing Workers

  1. Customer Service Representatives
  2. Truck Drivers -- Heavy and Tractor-Trailer. This category of work is expanding in many places around the country.
  3. Retail Salespersons
  4. Sales Representatives for Services
  5. Supervisors and Managers of Retail Salespeople

Top Companies Hiring Additional Employees

  1. Presbyterian Healthcare Services
  2. Pizza Hut - Managers, crew, and drivers.
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. C.R. England - a well known trucking company.
  5. Community Health Systems

At this writing, over 31,300 jobs are advertised for these two cities, which are 50 miles apart.

Many sales related workers are needed, but at least 500 doctors are needed and nearly as many nurses.

Jobs Have Been Increasing Since January 2014

Jobs have increased significantly in New Mexico.
Jobs have increased significantly in New Mexico. | Source

A Look at Washington DC

Holiday Season 2014 saw our nation's capital with nearly 219,000 jobs advertised during the first week of November. Many of these jobs are connected with government, defense, aerospace programs, and healthcare as well as Information technology.

Top Needs for Washington:

  1. Software Engineers
  2. Project Managers
  3. Java Developers
  4. Business Analysts
  5. Program Managers
  6. IT Systems Engineers
  7. Administrative Assistants and similar
  8. Managers and Assistant Managers
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Salespeople

Over 9,000 physicians, nurse practitioners, medical assistants and related positions are needed.

Who's Hiring?

  1. General Dynamics
  2. Booz Allen Hamilton
  3. Marriot Hotels
  4. Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
  6. Oracle
  7. BAE Systems
  8. Lockheed Martin
  9. National Security Agency
  10. TAD PGS

Over 9,000 physicians, nurse practitioners, medical assistants and related positions are needed in Washington DC.

Highest Job Competition States in America

US States suffering the highest rates of job competition are those that have four registered unemployed workers for every job advertised. Is your state on this list?

  • California - Especially Los Angeles and State Capital, Sacramento; San Diego is a little less competitive. At the same time, Forbes recommends California cities high on its list of best places for jobs: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (Number 1); San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (Number 2).
  • New York, particularly in New York City - However, Forbes lists NYC as the 7th best place for jobs in America.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Miami & Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Part of the Las Vegas Strip. | Source

Las Vegas Jobs

During the first week of November 2014; 41,000 job openings were advertised for Las Vegas. It's unemployment rate was 7.8% in August of that year, compared to 5.9% nationwide. However, from September 2008 through April 2014, unemployment stood at 8.0%, so it is slowly decreasing.

IN the 2010s, China showed greater interest in the city and its attractions, with the result that Chinese visitors increased significantly each year. A continuing trend of this nature will increase revenues and jobs in Las Vegas.

Many of the jobs listed in the city and larger metro area are with major hotel resort chains and require no education beyond high school. This includes especially MGM and Caesars, but over 10,000 healthcare jobs are also open, many requiring licensing. Truck drivers and truck driving students are needed in large numbers - over 3,000.

The need for care givers from live-in arrangements to "mother's helpers" spike yearly between December and March.

The State Workforce Department estimates that the job categories providing the largest numbers of jobs in Las Vegas through 2022 will be:

  1. Food Service - Especially full-service dining, casual dining, and fast food.
  2. Support Jobs in Administration and Office Employment
  3. All types of Retail Sales jobs
  4. Transportation and Material Moving
  5. Health Practitioners and Technicians
  6. Construction Trades
  7. Protective Services
  8. Managers - Various fields.
  9. Building and room cleaners.
  10. Cashiers & Information Attendants

The largest employers have been:

  1. Valley Health System
  2. Pizza Hut
  3. UnitedHealth Group
  4. Dell
  5. McDonald's

Listing the most jobs during Autumn 2014 are:

  1. MGM Resorts International
  2. Caesars Entertainment
  3. Valley Health System
  4. Web Recruiter - Various positions.
  5. - Drivers and student drivers.

A continuing increase in Chinese visitors like that experienced from 2010 - 2014 will increase revenues and jobs in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas-Paradise Metro Area

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Much of The Strip is in Paradise.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @mckbirdbks - You're right about the lack of openings -- I have seen some ads for fiction writers on Craigslist, though. :) Thanks for the nice comment!

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Most interesting. Though I did not see one opening for a fiction writer. LOL Not to make light, this is just the kind of information people need. Well done.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Sure!~ A Hub like this I update every month or two months, whenever important changes occur. Be seeing you and thanks for stopping here~!

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I see this is a rather new hub. Will it be updated as things change? This is a time sensitive list, and will change.

      For those looking, it is nice you also gave company names.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      THis was interesting to read. It seems a lot of good things are happening in Texas, even for those who just want to visit. I know this will help some people to make a decision on job searches.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I hope to add some more information in the near future!

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good news! I'm especially happy for Texas residents. I left there when jobs were scarce and well, my age was a factor too. Great information for those still in the workforce. Thanks for doing the research and making the presentation.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      @Brie Hoffman - That's a really fine idea and I will do it!

      @tillsontitan - Thanks for your insights. I'll see what else I can find to help job seekers.

      @brakel2 - Hi Audrey! It's awesome to hear about your friend and his good job.

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      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Patty. What ain interesting and helpful hub. Since I live near Texas, I am aware of the job market there, but people will really benefit from this information. A friend got a lucrative job in accounting in Beaumont. He left his familiar area and friends due to the offer of good money. Sharing this valuable hub. Blessings, Audrey

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Living in upstate NY I am all to aware of the job shortage situation. I am retired so it doesn't effect me personally but I see the unemployment all around. Your facts and statistics should give the unemployed something to think about.

      I'm not sure I'd move to Texas, but I love Vegas.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Patty: since it is economically unfeasible to move from place to place to find work; it would be awesome if you did a hub on how to find a job when you are in another state. I could really use some advice on that.

      Also, just as a side note. I hate it when people suggest hubs for me to write so if this is not up your alley then I totally understand.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I notice that you wrote a Hub referencing the low cost of living in Texas, which partially opposes your comment here.

      Wages are higher than the public expects in places named in the article -- In Las Vegas, advertised full-time jobs today begin at $30,000 - $40,000/year, even for cashiers, while Cost of Living is under the national average (99% of the avg. COL), Housing cost 94% of national average, and avg. home price $160K. Groceries are a 103% of national average. Most residents earn between $40K to $150K/yr., but there is a group of seasonal workers (~15%) who make around $20K - they likely find it hard to live anywhere.

      Cost of Living in Austin is 106.5% of the national average, and as you say, housing cost is higher - 134% of US average, but today I see several 1-bedroom apartments in Austin for $670/month in good neighborhoods. The 84% below avg. cost for groceries and 95% for Utilities and Transportation help a little. Cashiers are advertised to start at $20,000/yr. in Austin - not much money and less than Vegas avg. However, 75% or more of 43,600+ jobs advertised today in Austin show wages at or above $60,000/yr. and avg. income reported in Austin is over $63,000/yr., but most of these jobs require at least a bachelor's degree, according to job postings. The unemployed often need help with education costs to fill these jobs and cannot find it.

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      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      It's not that people don't want's that you can't live off the wages. If I thought I could get a job that I could live a modest life on the wages in Austin TX, I would move there today. That's the real problem. You can't even rent a studio apartment, eat, transport yourself and now provide insurance on most of the wages from those jobs. You also have to figure when you look at the wages..that you are not netting that amount. In NYC you have to take 40% off the gross amount..that is what you take home. You can't live on that. I'm sure it's less in other areas of the country but then so are the wages.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I appreciate all the comments, sharing, and ratings!

      If all the unemployed could be come nurse practitioners, doctors, physical therapists, and truck drivers, that would be great, but money available for training in these jobs has been limited since the Clinton Administration - except for some truck driving schools that have persuaded companies to pay for the training of new drivers.

      Las Vegas (the city, rather than metro area) has 41,000 jobs open, it has a population of about 434,000 total adults, but the unemployed would be fewer than the jobs open: 33,852 at the 7.8% figure. Many jobs are in service - hotels, food, gaming, cashiers, etc.; so maybe people don't want to work in these (?).

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting hub and very timely. I note a real lack of jobs that are produced by the government in the west but many in the east. I guess that makes sense.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting about what is going on in US the situation sounds down and not much of a positive one

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Great hub, Patty. This is very useful information you have shared and I am sure there are many out there who would love to know about such states. I did read or maybe watched a program where large companies are leaving California and moving to Texas, especially Austin, Texas.

      Interesting and excellent information.

      Voted up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Hope the rest of your week is wonderful.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      The SW United States is so interesting, anyway! Have a wonderful time if you move.

    • Brie Hoffman profile image

      Brie Hoffman 

      6 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks for this hub, I think I should consider moving to NM!


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