Good news for residents of Washington, D.C. – the nation’s capital is currently considered by as the least difficult city in which to get a job.  In a separate list ranking states, the District of Columbia also ranked as the least difficult state for job seekers – though it’s not a state technically. Nearby Maryland came in second. Michigan ranked 51st., a job search engine that specializes in making Web-based job listings more accessible, releases its Job Search Difficulty Index for Major U.S. Cities every month. The U.S. State Index is released simultaneously.

"We started producing the Job Search Difficulty Index because we wanted to put local unemployment numbers in better context for people looking for jobs,”  Brendan Cruickshank, Vice President of, told MainStreet. “There is lots of anecdotal information about which cities are doing well and which are doing poorly, and there are hard numbers about unemployment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but we felt that existing sources of information didn't tie everything together to paint a clear picture of what it's like on a day-to-day basis for individuals actively looking for work."

According to the Web Site, job search difficulty is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed workers in each state/city as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistic by the number of U.S. jobs in the site’s index. The continuously updated index is compiled from thousands of employer career portals, recruiter sites and job boards all over the Web.

In terms of cities, San Jose, Calif., which topped the list in April, fell to second place. Rounding out the top 10 were New York City, Baltimore, Oklahoma City, Okla., Hartford, Conn., Salt Lake City, Boston and Austin, Texas (in ascending order).

In total, the list includes 50 cities, with St. Louis rounding out the bottom.

The Web site released its first Job Search Difficulty Index in December 2009. At that time, Washington, D.C., and the District of Columbia also topped their respective lists.

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