New study: Atlanta has 5 seekers for every job

With nearly five Atlantans searching for every advertised job, the city is in the middle of the pack when compared to other major areas, according to a new survey.

Atlanta is No. 23 among 50 major cities on the Job Search Difficulty Index compiled by, a job search engine.

That means it was easier to find jobs in 22 other cities, but harder in 27 others.

San Jose was the easiest place to find a job and Detroit was the hardest, the study said.

Here’s a partial list:

City                                          No. of Unemployed For Every Advertised Job

1. San Jose                                                    1.7

2. Washington, DC                                         1.7

3. Baltimore                                                    2.4

4.  New York                                                   2.5

5. Hartford                                                      2.9

23. Atlanta                                                     4.9

46. Riverside                                                   9.7

47. Las Vegas                                                10.2

48. Miami                                                        11.7

49. St. Louis                                                    13.8

50. Detroit                                                       14.5

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March 29th, 2010
6:08 am

What about our nation’s capital? Looks like the government largesse is still flowing. Detroit is sad, but it flourished for decades. The rust belt has to someway reinvent itself.

Looks like high tech and financials are leading with manufacturing and tourism trailing.

Maybe our societal structure can reinvent itself, as well.


March 29th, 2010
9:22 am

Thanks for the nice steel toed boot to the face on Monday morning Harvey.

-Sincerely, We The Unemployed


March 29th, 2010
9:36 am

WELL AJC…& OBAMA supporters……HOW’s that HOPE….hope….& CHANGE working for U…IS THIS WHAT YOU HOPED FOR-????


March 29th, 2010
9:39 am

As a job seeker, I found this story right on the mark. I am applying for jobs every day and getting no responses. I know that not only did the business receive my resume, but thousands of others. It’s tough, but I am hanging on with the hope of landing a job sooner than later. Great read!


March 29th, 2010
9:45 am

Well, we know many of our state legislators have nothing but contempt for the Obama administration, so what is Republican controlled state legislation doing to fix the jobs issue in Georgia…besides trying to ensure those unemployed won’t have health insurance?

Perhaps it is GA’s Republican controlled legislation’s plan that the unemployed die quickly, thereby decreasing their numbers.

On the flip side, the unemployed have plenty of time to take advantage of Sonny’s Go Fish program…


March 29th, 2010
9:47 am

Having been one of the unemployed…but being able to have FOUND a job in this climate…the key word is PERSERVERANCE!! My unemployed period started during Bush’s last months…but I was able to find a job within 3 months after Obama entered the White House….and found a job in my desired industry 3 months after finding the first opportunity!!

Jobs ARE beginning to open up……THAT’S the HOPE we’re looking for!!


March 29th, 2010
9:47 am

I may know the way to San Jose, but Juju (who?) just lists a bunch of sales jobs among other things — people in the ATL can find thoses ANYWHERE!!! Oh, and yes, I am unemployed by the way.


March 29th, 2010
9:50 am

As always, finding a job is more about who you know than what you know. I just took a new job and get several calls/emails a week from recruiters.

For those without work, I suggest heavily networking your contacts and starting something up on the side to supplement income.

Hiring decisions do seem to be taking a bit longer these days though.

Keep Hope Alive

March 29th, 2010
9:53 am

My husband finally found a great job after being unemployed for almost 1 year. If you are reading this and you are unemployed, don’t give up! Your job is coming – Keep the faith and stay positive!


March 29th, 2010
9:54 am

Cynthia, I agree with your posting. I have been searching and searching with little to no response from employers. And those annoying automatic responses to you email(s) – wow, can’t do anything but smile.

What I find amazing is HOW it is taking Congress so long to approve UE extensions. And to label a person lazy, SMH, I want to work and would love the opportunity to contribute funds back into society. Keep applying and trusting. am confident because there is power in one man…. and things will improve!

neal kelley

March 29th, 2010
9:54 am

keep doing your thing obama… keep fighting for he people..


March 29th, 2010
10:31 am

I applied for a position on a Death panel at the local Wal-Mart, I could use all your prayers in landing this gig…..


March 29th, 2010
10:35 am

Cynthia, I am with you too! Could never understand before when I would hear people say that they sent out 200 resumes and only got one phone call! Now that is me! I used to be the HR Manager who hired people and here I am, applying to World Market, who by the way, said I did not meet their requirements! I just keep thinking that it will happen when it is supposed to happen and praying I don’t go bankrupt first.

No Jobs!

March 29th, 2010
10:36 am

I got laid off from a marketing job 6 months ago, have sent out over 600 resumes and haven’t even gotten a response, letter, email, etc. What a joke—the economy’s worse than ever, regardless of what the “leaders” in DC are saying.


March 29th, 2010
10:49 am

Blame it on Obama blame it on Bush, we can go even further back when there is success hey it’s because of Regan’s policies when there is failure hey it because of Jimmy Carter. You people and your political parties are so predictable. When will you realize that you could sit a ham sandwich in the position of the president and it will be much the same result. Jobs come and go it is the nature of the beast of capitalism that is, things happen and yes sometime to good folks. Most of the unemployed are unskilled workers and those that are skilled and unemployed generally find work quickly. Here’s some advice for all that will listen. Check your pulse, if you have one, things will happen, some bad some good, prepare for it. Don’t spend every dime you have when the good times are flowing, don’t get comfortable in your position but challenge yourself to be the best you can in your chosen line of work and lastly don’t depend on the idiots in Washington for any thing but to screw up things more. Do this my friends and you will be fine. The key is to plan, study economics and you can quickly see a trend. Bottom line, things change!


March 29th, 2010
10:53 am

I raise a toast to the marvelous service economy that has been created over the course of 60 years. We invented so much and sold it all to the highest bidder, all for shareholder profits. Now, communist China makes everything you “consume”, and India staffs your helpdesks for techincal innovations that were once a source of American pride, not to mention those R&D, manufacturing, distribution, etc… jobs that are now held by “foreign interests” on the cheap. But, hey, we have McDonalds, and so many other service industry jobs that when two or three are cobbled together, might pay the rent. Good Job America!


March 29th, 2010
10:54 am

Keep applying to the jobs that you are qualified for and be sure to directly answer questions that are asked (ie: compensation/salary requirmeents). Coy or evasive answers like “Can be discussed at appropriate time” or “market data” will surely make their decision an easy one and it is not the reult you are looking for. Too many people do answer the questions and it results in less wasted time for both parties.

Be sure to create a profile on LinkedIn and add contacts as you meet them.

Check every day. Its a job aggregator and will pull from many different websites, resulting in more postings for you to see. Check every morning for the new listings as many servers do not transfer the information until midnight.

Above all, stay positive, don’t blame others, and don’t sell yourself short.

When you do get the interview, be enthusiastic but don’t be desperate.

Good Luck!


March 29th, 2010
10:55 am

To All The Positive, “Sun-shiny” People On This Blog:

You are all brain-dead zombies! You most likely voted this group into office because you bought into “Hope & Change” (and are further fueled daily by your pure hatred of anything/anybody conservative).

Thank you so much for much for the daily attacks on capitalism and freedom. Hope you like the taste of that gubment cheese!

Carlin 3:16

March 29th, 2010
11:06 am

Mr. Conservative,

Obama has been in office 1 year. Bush 8. Are you really suggesting that Obama is responsible for ALL of the problems regarding the economy? Now if you want to take him to task about the Health Care Bill,and any fallout that is sure to insue, then that’s fair. But the bad economy was something that he inherited from the previous administration. C’mon now. I suppose that now that you’re going to tell everyone that the bailouts for those Criminal CEO’s were completely justifiable.


March 29th, 2010
11:10 am


Will you knock it off? The Obama bashing is starting to get alittle lame.


March 29th, 2010
11:11 am

Wow. Scary statistics.


March 29th, 2010
11:12 am

Maybe some of you should buy a bus ticket to D.C. or San Jose.


March 29th, 2010
11:16 am

Butler Dawg

365 to 173, that was the final electoral count! McCain wasn’t even able to win Ohio and Florida. I’m sorry but when you’re party loses an election that bad, can you really be mad at the Democrats for capitalizing on the Republicans ineptitude.

It’s like when I watched the Florida vs. UGA game this year. I can’t be mad at Tim Tebow for running up the middle and scoring a TD, when NONE of our defenders make an attempt to stop him. Tebow is not the problem, it’s our defense. The same is true for this past election. The Republicans ran a crappy campaign, just like John Kerry and the Democrats did in 2004, and it cost them the election.

to No Jobs!

March 29th, 2010
11:19 am

Sending out 600 resumes is like sending out 600 smoke signals. If that’s all you’ve done, you don’t deserve to work. Any idiot can email a resume, doing it 600 times proves that you marketing people have no clue as to how to market yourself…or anything.


A Sales Guy


March 29th, 2010
11:30 am

Corporate America has plenty of job opportunities but for some reason they are not hiring. For example customers flocked to banks (BofA, SunTrust, etc.) after they received the government bailout and flooded banks with applications to refinance or re-organize their existing mortgage loans. BofA received over 7,000,000 applications, processed 700,000 (10%) and approved about 60,000 (less than 2%). The BofA failed to hire staff to handle the increase in workflow. Customers were left with long waiting periods (up to 90 days) and no re-organization of their mortgage loans. Banks are not hiring and are not lending money to qualified customers. Why?


March 29th, 2010
11:33 am

It is NOT President Obamas’ fault that we are in a major job slump! BUSH was in the White house for 8 long, long, long, long years! It’s his fault that the economy is jacked up! So all of you people that keep blaming President Obama for this can go str8 to hell! :)


March 29th, 2010
11:36 am

For those of you that are looking for work and you are not getting any feed back from employers…please keep your head up and don’t give up. 4 years ago I was in your boat and I put in over 200 resume’s and only had 5 interviews (1 – second interview). I FINALLY landed a job, praise God AFTER I ran completely out of unemployment- which was 6 months at that time. Please don’t listen to the Nay-Sayers…Keep searching. Sooner or later you will not only receive 1 response, but many. You will receive job offers too. In the mean time upgrade your skills and develop new skills.

I wish you all the best :)

No sense.....

March 29th, 2010
11:44 am

Okay, I’m a bit perturbed at all the studies that severely underestimate the number of job applicants for every opening. This study simply divided the number of unemployed workers in each metro area, by the number of jobs in a comprehensive index of millions of online jobs. What they didn’t factor in is the number of underemployed AND employed applicants, applicants who do not receive unemployment benefits, applicants who have just graduated, and applicants coming out of retirement. How did they calculate the number of unemployed workers? Obviously by tallying ONLY those that CURRENTLY receive benefits………not very accurate in my book……..not to mention lazy research. The true number would probably hover somewhere between 25-30. Employers are constantly pulling job adds b/c they receive too many applications.

No sense.....

March 29th, 2010
11:57 am

In this job climate, do not expect a response UNLESS you have experience performing the EXACT job to which you are applying. Employers are too afraid to hire someone without experience while also enjoying the luxury of saving time and money training new employees. Employers HATE training! Every wonder why a person with a masters degree is considered unqualified for a job as an administrative assistant? Employers in this recession are warned NOT to hire overqualified applicants……..will not negotiate salaries……….and only get desperate when the pay is low. It’s a sad state of affairs when the applicant pool of overqualified workers is running over and your local Wally World is being SELECTIVE!

Joe Smoe

March 29th, 2010
12:01 pm

Its everyone of you who did this, by buying products from heavily outsourced companies, not just one president… its been happening for years. From tech support, packagers, heck even the animation of the Simpsons is outsourced. You want your jobs back… go to Asia.

George Foreman 3:16

March 29th, 2010
12:13 pm

It is as it was…

Mary C.

March 29th, 2010
12:48 pm

What really sets me off is that while I’m unemployed and have all these creditors calling me, the people that these creditors have making the phone calls are located in India while we so desperately need the jobs here and bailed them out!


March 29th, 2010
1:45 pm

I am a seasoned HR Compensation professional and was laid-off for one year exactly. I found a great opportunity in my field in the healthcare industry. I truly understand your pain of being unemployed for so long, BUT DO NOT give up, keep searching, and keep praying. This was my first experience of truly being unemployed, and I hated it. I was either over-qualified or under-qualified. However, I had numerous interviews NOT in Georgia, I had no luck there. I actually travel to/from St. Louis each week for new job. This is the 2nd job opportunity I have had outside of the Atlanta area – no such luck landing a job in HotAtlanta, but I am grateful that I can remain living in Atlanta and travel elsewhere for employment. Good Luck everyone – stay prayed up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Job Blues

March 29th, 2010
1:46 pm

I blame Bush for all of this! The crooks in office in his administration caused all these problems, but left town richer than ever!

The Economy

March 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

Blame ur self people, you looked the other way will you financed everything.

the truth

March 29th, 2010
5:04 pm

Most smart American companies moved production over seas. I can’t blame them. Taxes are way too high in America. Take a look at California, New York and New Jersey. The more they spend the more they try and raise taxes. Then the people who employ people move their operations to another state. Now John Deere, Cat, Verizon, AT&T and others are taking it on the chin with the HC legislation. They’ll be laying people off also. Reminds of the late 70s and early 80s after another Dummycrat wrecked the country.

the truth

March 29th, 2010
5:09 pm

By the way, you college graduates are not only going to have a hard time getting work but you are the ones that’ll have to work until you are 80 to pay off the debt and even then you may never achieve the wealth your parents may have enjoyed. Bet your college profs never told you that.


March 29th, 2010
5:26 pm

I have been out of work for over a year now. I have had interviews for jobs where I was qualified, but for some reason (I think this is illegal, I know it is) they take one look at me and my age and immediately turn me down. I am only 54, but in this day and age I guess that is a dinosaur. This is getting extremely frustrating and I think I have tried everything!


March 29th, 2010
5:31 pm

Congrats to all that have found work….keep the faith for those still searching. I took a job b/c I didn’t know if anything else would come available and I am so underemployed, underpaid and overworked I come depressed everyday. I know the employer took advantage of the current economic state…making 31k is NOT doing much. I share this to say use much discernment when offered a position. If you take the position (regardless if it’s career based or just a job)be ready to negotiate the salary or settle for what is offered…I have regrets for acepting this position but….well you know the rest….. PS-Atlanta is not cheap anymore per another article in todays paper/website……employers need to start employees with at least
40k-45k minimum…yes I have a BS degree and partial masters……


March 29th, 2010
6:42 pm

America, its your fault. Plain and simple. For years you overspent, overpaid, and overindulged, and now you want your government “leaders” to provide jobs for you. Corporations don’t care about you.

I hate it that we, as Americans, have allowed this economy. I hope those searching for a job can learn from this experience. Once you get a job, learn to live within your means, stay abreast on all current technology and education, and save, save, save.

If you really want a change, lets change the way “leaders” are voted into office. Let the people vote, not corporate money.

Good Luck with your job hunt. Things will turn around soon.


March 29th, 2010
6:59 pm




March 29th, 2010
7:11 pm


Please take of your ROSE COLORED GLASSES. Things will NOT get better. HYPERINFLATION is already amongst us. OBAMACARE will INCREASE the budget defict, don’t believe those PHONY statistics which show the defict will decrease over 10 years. MOST IMPORTANTLY, the Federal Reserve PRINTING PHANTOM MONEY out of thin air has made our DOLLAR worthless. HAVE YOU EVER looked throughout your home and asked yourself why does everything I own say MADE IN CHINA? People, unless we WAKE UP and get off our LAZY BEHINDS, we are FINISHED. Cut the AMERICAN IDOL off, forget DANCING WITH THE STARS, or any other MINDLESS TV programming. Let’s TAKE THIS COUNTRY BACK from the CROOKED POLITICIANS and GREEDY banksters!


March 29th, 2010
7:12 pm

Its not about republican or democrate its about whats morally right.


March 29th, 2010
7:42 pm

I’m locked in, I’m locked out and frankly out-of-luck. Each day I look at myself and ask, what did I do wrong? I followed all the rules, did all the right things. Maybe it’s me at age 55. I’m finally a wise, wonderful woman and now I’m out of work.


March 29th, 2010
9:02 pm

I find all these comments quite interesting. Most people expect a job to just materialize for them and then they get frustrated when it doesn’t. I work hard and live well below my means. I keep my work skills up to date. I save a chunk of my pay for a rainy day. I stay healthy by eating right, not being fat, not smoking, and exercising. I don’t waste money on crap I don’t need. I don’t drive or want a fancy car. I was laid off once but I hit the ground running and took a new job at 60% of the pay and worked my way back up slowly. It seems like most people on this thread just complain. Stop complaining and go do something productive. And please stop blaming your predicament on US presidents. Blaming isn’t going to change your predicament and you are just going to end up frustrating yourself and in the end you will still be unemployed. Plus, you may offend someone who just might have a job opening for you. Finally, if you are going to rant and rave, please check your spelling because if your post has typos how are people supposed to take you seriously? “Worser” (several comments up) is not a word.


March 29th, 2010
9:08 pm

“But the bad economy was something that he inherited from the previous administration”

The economy crashed when the “powers that be” realized that we were getting a Democratic President. Obama inherited nothing, he started the downfall. You libs are getting what you deserve!


March 29th, 2010
9:16 pm

“Obama has been in office 1 year. Bush 8. Are you really suggesting that Obama is responsible for ALL of the problems regarding the economy?”

No, but you can thank the uninformed people that voted him into office as they are utimately the ones to blame.

Still Looking

March 29th, 2010
11:27 pm

5 people for every opening?! What a joke. A year ago I was told at an interview the company received over 200 responses to their job posting. Last month another HR person told me 850 applied for the same position I applied for. There’s more than 5 people applying for a single job posting. Why can’t a news outlet report the truth about this?


March 30th, 2010
6:59 am


Don’t gt it twisted. The economy was jacked up before Pres. Obama was elected so don’t try tomake it seem like this mess has happend on his clock. Your boy Bush did this. Pres. Obama is just trying to hget it straight so keep your mouth shut.


March 30th, 2010
10:00 am

LD you hit it right on the nose, how about everybody stop showing your political side (Dem or Rep) and just face the truth. Politics is just 50% of the problem the other 50% blame need to go to you. American people are so darn materialistic, let alone all we want to do is look at TV and live a life for what we see on television, some of us living the Jerry Springer life to the Housewives of Orange County, then when the economy goes bad we want to blame politics, we should have been voiceful when our jobs were leaving the US to foreign countries. I agree with LD watch who you complain to because it might be someone who can help you get a job let alone hired you. Con’t to stay prayful, be positive, love life as if this is your last day and through your energy a job will come to you, but all this negativity will not help your situation nor will it change it. God Bless optimistics all of you pessimist will be at a stand still. Remember we speak to our own existence so speak good thoughts. God Bless you all I will con’t to pray for everyone for jobs in abundance.