U.S. News Media Group Releases First Annual "Best Places to Find a Job"

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Expanded "Best Places" series and online search tool enables users to analyze data based on individual employment and lifestyle needs

America's Best Places to Find a Job 2009

U.S. News Media Group today announced the expansion of its "Best Places" series to include the first annual listing of "America's Best Places to Find a Job," available today at http://www.usnews.com/job.

The "America's Best Places to Find a Job" package offers an in-depth look at the nation's cities that have weathered the recessionary job market and maintained unemployment rates below average. With data updated quarterly, the new "Best Places" listing features an extended online search tool to help users find a place tailored to employment needs and individual lifestyles.

"America's Best Places to Find a Job 2009," selected by U.S. News editors, were chosen from 2,000 cities in all parts of the country by assessing factors including unemployment rates, job growth, and career opportunities in a broad spectrum of industries. Each selected city has lower than average unemployment rates, proven job growth since 2000, and local economies that have remained steady during the recession.

Through the "America's Best Places to Find a Job" online search tool, USNews.com visitors can search and sort through economic and employment data, including job sectors and career opportunities available, as well as quality-of-life indicators, such as population, housing prices, and crime rates, to search for their best place to find a job. As a continuation of the "Best Places" series, the online search tool also incorporates U.S. News's signature "America's Best" series, including Best Colleges, Best Hospitals, and Best High Schools, to provide information on not only a location's job offerings but also a city's proximity to leading healthcare and educational institutions.

"No city has been immune to this year's economic downturn," said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S.News & World Report. "With U.S. News's Best Places to Find a Job, we've examined the employment data and provided the search tools to make the job search a little bit easier in this economy."

The 10 cities honored as "America's Best Places to Find a Job 2009" are (listed alphabetically):

  •      Anchorage, Alaska
  •      Arlington, Virginia
  •      Columbus, Ohio
  •      Honolulu, Hawaii
  •      Houston, Texas
  •      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  •      Salt Lake City, Utah
  •      Shreveport, Louisiana
  •      Tallahassee, Florida
  •      Wichita, Kansas

The "America's Best Places to Find a Job" package includes data from Onboard Informatics, provider of real estate data solutions to some of the most innovative companies in the real estate, media, and technology industries.

For more information about the "Best Places to Find a Job," please visit http://www.usnews.com/job.

About the U.S. News Media Group
The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, http://www.usnews.com, and http://www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group's signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its "America's Best" series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans, and more.

Media Contact:
Liz Putze, U.S.News & World Report, eputze(at)usnews.com
Lucy Byrd, U.S.News & World Report, lbyrd(at)usnews.com


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