Portland, Maine, Named 10th Best City in America to Find a Job
The job market is still very strong in Maine, especially in its biggest city. That's at least according to a new employment opportunity report.
Portland is ranked as the 10th best city to find a job. This is a tremendous ranking for the city, considering 182 cities were included in the study.
Portland's technical score is 60.93. The scoring is based on a 100-point system and based on two major categories: Job Market and Socioeconomics. These categories were broken down into 32 subcategories to make it as detailed as possible. You can read more about the methodology here.
Portland is ranked 19th overall in the job market category. This includes sub-categories like job opportunities, job security, job satisfaction, and access to benefits. It's a great ranking for Portland, truly showing the number of qualities opportunities the town has.
Portland did even better in the socio-economic category, scoring a 7th ranking. The sub-categories include topics like median household income, commute time, and safety. Again, it's not too surprising to see Portland do well in this category, especially since Maine is always high in the ranks of best places to live in the country.
While these rankings are superb, it also illustrates the struggle that business owners have had in Portland to fill positions. Just about every block in town has "Help Wanted" signs littered across store and office fronts. It truly is an employee market.
Portland is not the only city in Maine listed. Lewiston is also included in the study. The Androscoggin County city came in with a ranking of 89.
The highest ranked New England city is South Burlington, VT. It just beat Portland by a few spots, with a ranking of 8th.
The lowest ranked New England city is Worchester, which came in at 122. You can see the entire list here.