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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
San Antonio Texas at Night.
San Antonio Texas at Night. | Source
San Antonio River Walk.
San Antonio River Walk. | Source
Texas Longhorn in Austin.
Texas Longhorn in Austin. | Source
Johnson Space Center in Houston.
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

Albuquerque, New Mexico:
Albuquerque, NM, USA

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Santa Fe, New Mexico:
Santa Fe, NM, USA

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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

Part of the Las Vegas Strip.
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

Las Vegas:
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Paradise NV:
Paradise, NV, USA

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Much of The Strip is in Paradise.

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Las Vegas Area.
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