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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.
2. Sacramento, Calif.
3. Las Vegas
4. Los Angeles
5. San Jose, Calif.
6. Portland, Ore.
7. San Francisco
8. San Diego
The BLS lists the following Western cities as those with the most people working, also known as the labor force:
1. Los Angeles
2. San Francisco
5. San Diego
7. Riverside, Calif.
8. Portland, Ore.
9. San Jose, Calif.
10. Las Vegas
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: