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GLASSDOOR REVEALS THE 25 BEST CITIES FOR JOBS IN 2016

San Jose, CA, San Francisco, CA & Seattle, WA Take Top Three Spots

MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (May 18, 2016) – Glassdoor®, the world’s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, today announced the results of its newest jobs report, identifying the 25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2016. San Jose, CA claims the top spot, followed by San Francisco, CA & Seattle, WA.

This list is compiled by ranking U.S. metros with the highest Glassdoor Job Score1, determined by weighting four factors equally: how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity), how affordable it is to live there (cost of living), and how satisfied employees are working there (job satisfaction and work-life balance). As part of this report, we include each metro’s median pay for employees, median home value, job satisfaction rating, work-life balance rating, number of current job openings and a few in-demand jobs according to Glassdoor Trends.

Glassdoor’s 25 Best Cities for Jobs in 2016 are:

1. San Jose, CA – Glassdoor Job Score: 4.0

2. San Francisco, CA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.8

3. Seattle, WA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.5

4. Boston, MA – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.5

5. Washington, D.C. – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.4

6. Austin, TX – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

7. Salt Lake City, UT – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

8. Raleigh-Durham, NC – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

9. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MI – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.0

10. Oklahoma City, OK – Glassdoor Job Score: 3.0

11. St. Louis, MO – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.9

12. Detroit, MI – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.9

13. Kansas City, MO – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.8

14. Columbus, OH – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.8

15. Cleveland, OH – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.8

16. Indianapolis, IN – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.7

17. Baltimore, MD – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.7

18. Louisville, KY – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.7

19. Pittsburgh, PA – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.6

20. San Antonio, TX – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.6

21. San Diego, CA – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.6

22. Chicago, IL – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.6

23. Cincinnati, OH – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.6

24. Atlanta, GA – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.6

25. Hartford, CT – Glassdoor Job Score: 2.6

This year, several mid-sized cities appear for the first time on the list: Detroit, Cleveland, San Diego, Cincinnati and Hartford.

“This demonstrates why so many people are looking to move to the San Francisco Bay Area: job satisfaction, work-life balance and hiring opportunity are unparalleled compared to anywhere else in the country,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor Chief Economist. “However, it’s also important to recognize that for anyone considering a new job in a new city, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Many of the nation’s mid-sized cities stand out for offering some of the greatest job prospects combined with salaries that allow people to stretch their dollar further. It’s not a surprise to see cities like Seattle and Austin at the top since they all have rising technology communities, great institutions for higher education and research, as well as affordable neighborhoods.”

Glassdoor combines the latest job listings with a vast array of user-generated content on more than 540,000 companies, including 12 million workplace ratings and reviews2, salary reports, interview reviews, benefits reviews, office photos and more shared by employees. Earlier this year, Glassdoor launched a new job search experience designed to help job seekers quickly determine if a job or company is the right fit for them, and create a more effective recruiting pipeline for employers.

1Methodology: Glassdoor’s Best Cities for Jobs report identifies U.S. metros with the highest overall Glassdoor Job Score, based on a comparison of the 50 most populated U.S. metros. Each region’s Glassdoor Job Score, based on a 5-point scale (5.0=best city for a job, 1.0=worst city for a job), is determined by weighting four factors equally: hiring opportunity, cost of living, work-life balance and job satisfaction.

  • Hiring opportunity is determined by the ratio of active job openings to population. (Job openings per metro represent active job listings on Glassdoor as of 4/25/16. Population data is according to the U.S. Office of Management & Budget).
  • Cost of living is determined by the ratio of median annual base salary to median metro home value. (Median annual base salary per metro based on at least 1,000 salary reports shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year (4/25/15-4/24/16). Median home value is according to the Zillow Home Value Index for All Homes, as of March 2016).
  • Job satisfaction ratings per metro is based on at least 1,500 company reviews shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year (4/25/15-4/24/16; Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 5.0=very satisfied, 1.0=very dissatisfied).
  • Work-life balance ratings per metro is based on at least 1,500 work-life balance ratings shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year (4/25/15-4/24/16; Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 5.0=very satisfied, 1.0=very dissatisfied).

2Glassdoor Data Labs, April 2016

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Glassdoor is the most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace that is changing how people search for jobs and how companies recruit top talent. Glassdoor combines free and anonymous reviews, ratings and salary content with job listings to help job seekers find the best jobs and address critical questions that come up during the job search, application, interview and negotiation phases of employment. For employers, Glassdoor offers recruiting and employer branding solutions to help attract high-quality candidates at a fraction of the cost of other channels. In addition, Glassdoor operates one of the most popular job apps on iOS and Android platforms. The company launched in 2008 and has raised approximately $160 million from Google Capital, Tiger Global, Benchmark, Battery Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, DAG Ventures, Dragoneer Investment Group, and others.

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