Birmingham ranks 4th in “Best Cities for Jobseekers 2019” report by Indeed

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Birmingham’s Financial Center. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Looking for a job? Birmingham has been named one of the best places in the U.S. for people looking for employment, according to Indeed, the popular job seeking website.

Billed as the “#1 job site” in the world, with over 250 million unique monthly visitors, Indeed ranked Birmingham 4th nationally in their “Best Cities for Jobseekers 2019” report.

How did they come up with the ranking?

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Indeed used their job-search and posting data to create this year’s list of the best cities for job seekers, the company stated in their June 13th post about the report.

The categories included U.S. Metro area rankings on job favorability, salary, company reviews and unemployment rate.

Indeed’s data analysts then ranked U.S. metro areas on each of these factors, and gave each one an overall score.

The top 15 list

Topping the national 2019 jobseeker list are California tech hubs San Jose and San Francisco. Boston came in third and Birmingham edged out Nashville for the 4th slot.

Here is a screenshot of the top 15 rankings from the report.

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Screen shot of the Indeed Best Cities for Jobseekers 2019 chart. From

The list represents nearly every region of the country except the Pacific Northwest and  Florida (Miami was ranked #24).

Indeed Deep Dive

In the article, Indeed spotlighted the top five cities, providing insight on the methodology used to used to come up with the rankings.

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Brasfield & Gorrie headquarters located in the Lakeview District of Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Salaries, affordable housing prices and costs of living were identified as reasons for Birmingham’s strong showing in the rankings.

Business-wise, Indeed identified Birmingham’s  health-care construction companies, which are the largest in the nation, as a major job producer. They also recognized UAB Hospital System as a healthcare hub.

Getting Noticed

Steve Case, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and J.D. Vance at the Rise of the Rest Tour. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Birmingham continues to get noticed by national publications and business leaders.

This past year, the Magic City received a visit from AOL Founder Steve Case and his Rise of the Rest  tour.  Prominent travel and lifestyle magazine Conde Nast declared “Birmingham has arrived” in a January 2019 story. And  Brookings Institution has formed a partnership with the city to develop innovative policies to move the community forward.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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