The states included in the employment report on this quadrant are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Jobs now open: 496,000

Highest unemployment rates:
(National average as of Dec. 2009: 10 percent)
1. Providence, R.I. 11.8 percent
2. New York 9.9 percent
3. Philadelphia 8.5 percent
4. Hartford, Conn. 8.0 percent
5. Buffalo, N.Y. 8.0 percent
6. Boston 7.7 percent
7. Pittsburgh 7.5 percent
Existing jobs:
The BLS lists the following Northeast cities as those with the most people working, also known as the labor force:
1. New York 8,429,000
2. Philadelphia 2,726,800
3. Boston 2,390,600
4. Pittsburgh 1,122,400
5. Providence, R.I. 674,500
6. Hartford, Conn. 617,200
7. Buffalo, N.Y. 539,000
Poised for growth — experts’ picks:
Philadelphia: “Philadelphia has evolved from a manufacturing-based economy into a service-based economy with an emphasis on biomedical and pharmaceutical fields.” — Allison Nawoj, spokeswoman for employment Web site CareerBuilder.com.
New York: “Areas with transportation and distribution-based economies, like New York and Miami, will bottom out soon and begin to come back.” — Sophia Koropeckj, managing director for Moody’s Economy.com
Future job growth:
Northeast cities likely to see the most job growth (by percentage) over the next two years according to Moody’s Economy.com:
1. Buffalo, N.Y. 1.4 percent
2. Pittsburgh 1.2 percent
3. Philadelphia 0.6 percent
4. Boston 0.5 percent
Top cities for jobs today:
Monster.com lists this city as the one in the Northeast with the most online help wanted ads posted: Pittsburgh

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