List Ranks Twin Cities Fourth Best Metro for Jobs

Job resource Web site Monster.com indicated that industries to watch locally include health care (practitioners as well as technical and support workers), business and financial, and information technology (IT).

Looking for a job? If you're in the metro area, think twice before leaving in search of greener pastures.

Monster.com recently named the Twin Cities the fourth-best U.S. metro for jobs.

The job resource Web site indicated that industries to watch include health care (practitioners as well as technical and support workers), business and financial, and information technology (IT).

Ranking above the Twin Cities on the list are the metro areas surrounding Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Baltimore. The top cities were those that showed the highest number of open positions per worker.

Citing the U.S. Department of Labor, Monster.com pointed out that 90 percent of the country's largest metro areas saw a drop in unemployment in April. The Web site attributes the decline to seasonal summer hiring.

Minnesota's unemployment rate slid 0.1 percent to 6.5 percent in April-well below the national average of 9 percent at that time.

Monster.com said that it has seen a “dramatic increase in the number of employed workers who have ridden out the recession and are now job searching again.”

Behind Minneapolis-St. Paul on the list and rounding out the top 10 rankings were the metro areas surrounding Cleveland; Boston; Seattle; Orlando, Florida; Pittsburgh; and Kansas City, Missouri.