CHEYENNE — A national online career network today called Cheyenne the No. 3 place in the nation to find a job.
The company, Beyond.com, said many lists rely on sheer numbers of job postings to calculate the top markets, causing the cities with largest populations to always rise to the top. But their methodology looked at proprietary data and correlated it to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in a unique way.
"We wanted to correlate jobs to the number of people in the workforce," said Vice President of Marketing Joe Weinlick.
What they found may surprise Cheyenne residents. Across the nation, their network averaged one job posting for every 16 members of the labor force. In Cheyenne, they saw a job posted per nine workforce laborers.
"There were two jobs posted in Cheyenne per unemployed person," Weinlick said of Q4 2012.
While he admits many of the jobs have a national, work-from-home scale, many of more-than 5,000 job postings in the fourth quarter were directly tied to the local economy. He said they have seen job listings for bank tellers, transportation, warehousing and especially health care.
"Health care seems to be leading the charge," he said. Ironically, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center last week announced layoffs of eight administrative staff
The company didn't factor in the quality of the jobs to build the list. Weinlick said just because there were so many listings doesn't mean they are all jobs people would want or are qualified for.
Even so, the company said they see indications through postings that the economy is on the rebound. When transportation, logistics and sales forces are on the rise, he said that is a clue to where the economy is moving.
"Looking at a place like Cheyenne," said Weinlick, who is based in Philadelphia, "it's a place like that we start to see the recovery take root."
The top 10 job markets:
1. San Jose, Calif.
2. Bloomington, Ill.
3. Cheyenne, Wyo.
4. Manchester, N.H.
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Des Moines, Iowa
7. Seattle, Wash.
8. Durham, N.C.
9. Midland, Texas
10. Trenton, N.J.
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