The states included in the employment report on this quadrant are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Jobs now open: 584,000

Highest unemployment rates:
(National average as of Dec. 2009: 10 percent)
1. Riverside, Calif. 14.2 percent
2. Sacramento, Calif. 12.4 percent
3. Las Vegas 12.1 percent
4. Los Angeles 11.5 percent
5. San Jose, Calif. 11.8 percent
6. Portland, Ore. 10.8 percent
7. San Francisco 10.3 percent
8. San Diego 10.3 percent
9. Seattle 8.8 percent
10. Phoenix 8.1 percent
Existing jobs:
The BLS lists the following Western cities as those with the most people working, also known as the labor force:
1. Los Angeles 5,329,930
2. San Francisco 1,940,040
3. Phoenix 1,732,150
4. Seattle 1,697,370
5. San Diego 1,248,980
6. Denver 1,201,880
7. Riverside, Calif. 1,150,060
8. Portland, Ore. 984,650
9. San Jose, Calif. 876,590
10. Las Vegas 860,390
Poised for growth — experts’ picks:
Phoenix: “This popular retirement destination sees continued growth in health care and education.” — Allison Nawoj, spokeswoman for employment Web site CareerBuilder.com
Top cities for jobs today:
Monster.com lists these Western cities as those with the most online help wanted ads posted: Denver, Portland, Ore., and Phoenix.
Future job growth:
Western cities that will likely see the most job growth (by percentage) over the next two years according to Moody’s Economy.com:
1. Seattle 2 percent
2. Denver 1.3 percent
3. Salt Lake City 1.1 percent
4. Portland, Ore. 0.7 percent
5. Riverside, Calif. 0.6 percent
6. San Jose, Calif. 0.5 percent
7. Los Angeles 0.4 percent
8. San Francisco 0.3 percent

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