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San Francisco, Ca., Providence, R.I. top destinations among job seekers

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Glassdoor released a new economic research study revealing that more than a quarter (28.5 percent) of applications on Glassdoor were to jobs outside of an applicant's current metro.

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The study, Metro Movers: Where Are Americans Moving for Jobs, And Is It Worth It?, identifies the U.S. cities job applicants are most interested in moving to for a job, the cities with the biggest share of job seekers interested in leaving, which factors drive people to move for a new job and other findings related to who is potentially moving for a new job and why.

The Glassdoor study is based on a sample of more than 668,000 online job applications started on Glassdoor during a one week period, from January 8-14, 2018, for the 40 largest metro areas in the U.S.

The study finds that San Francisco is the top destination among job seekers applying for jobs beyond their current metro (known in the study as metro movers).

Of the total metro mover population in the study, 12.4 percent are applying to jobs in San Francisco. Job seekers see opportunities at companies like Facebook and Salesforce within the booming tech hub, overlooking the housing shortages and high cost of living.

New York City has the second highest share of metro mover applications (8.4 percent), followed by San Jose (6.9 percent), Los Angeles (6.8 percent) and Washington D.C. (4.3 percent).

The study finds these cities are largely magnets for the job seekers located in smaller cities nearby.

The college town of Providence, R.I. topped the list of cities with the highest percentage (52.2 percent) of candidates in the metro applying for jobs elsewhere.

Specifically, this means that more than half of job seekers in Providence are applying to jobs in other areas, which would likely require moving to a new city.

Three California cities are among the top five including San Jose (47.6 percent), Riverside (47.3 percent) and Sacramento (44.4 percent), respectively, along with Baltimore (45.6 percent).

The study finds that many of the people moving away from these cities are gravitating to nearby cities that are larger and more rapidly-growing.

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