The Inside Job

August 2009

10 Least Competitive Job Markets

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It's not always useful to talk about the condition of the job market nationally, because job markets can be quite different between cities. There are plenty of reasons for this, including differences in how local industries have fared, and how volatile home values have been through the recession.

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Median Unemployment Falls in July: Positive Sign?

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As the average period of unemployment continued to increase in July, the median decreased for the first time in months, Labor Department data shows.

Average duration of unemployment, in weeks:

  • March:  20.1
  • April: 21.4
  • May: 22.5
  • June: 24.5
  • July: 25.1
  • Median duration of unemployment, in weeks:

    • March: 11.2
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