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January 2017 Rankings

How hard is it to find a job in your city? Here's the number of unemployed per job posting
for the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the U.K.
To discover which cities have the most job postings per inhabitant view the Job Postings Per Capita map.

Updated February 2017

Rank Change Metropolitan Area Job posting icon Job Postings vs Unemployment icon Unemployed Persons Ratio
1 14 Harrogate Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 7:1
2 -1 Crawley Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 7:1
3   Leamington Spa Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 7:1
4 2 Northallerton Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 5:1
5 4 Taunton Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 5:1
6 2 Tunbridge Wells Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 5:1
7 -5 Poole Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 5:1
8 11 Milton Keynes Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 4:1
9 -4 Northampton Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 4:1
10   Reading Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 4:1
11 3 Cheltenham Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
12 -8 Newbury Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
13 12 High Wycombe and Aylesbury Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
14 8 Cambridge Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
15 -3 Birkenhead Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
16 -3 Guildford and Aldershot Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
17 6 York Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
18 3 Chelmsford Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
19 -8 Preston Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
20 -4 Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
21 16 Lincoln Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
22 -5 Southampton Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
23 5 Stafford Job posting iconJob posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 3:1
24 2 Luton Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
25 -7 Ashford Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
26 13 Kendal Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
27 -20 Gloucester Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
28 -8 Crewe Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
29   Bristol Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
30 5 Salisbury Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
31 -4 Coventry Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
32 -2 Oxford Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
33 13 Chester Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
34   Bath Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
35 -2 Exeter Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
36   Derby Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
37 7 Shrewsbury Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
38 7 Trowbridge Job posting iconJob posting icon Unemployment icon 2:1
39 1 Leeds Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
40 8 Colchester Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
41 -17 Swindon Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
42 -10 Burton upon Trent Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
43   Spalding Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
44 -2 Chichester and Bognor Regis Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
45 -14 Chesterfield Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
46 -12 Norwich Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
47   Blackburn Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
48 1 London Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
49 -11 Bedford Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1
50   Bridgwater Job posting icon Unemployment icon 1:1

Based on January 2017 unemployment by travel-to-work area provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)