Monday, April 9, 2007

Comparing Jobs & Cities on Craigslist

I thought it would be interesting to see how cities on Craigslist compare to each other when looking for jobs in the web design/information design category. Here's a side by side image made from last weeks Craigslist postings April 2nd-6th showing; San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC Area, Seattle, Portland, New York City, & Los Angeles.

New York City has the most jobs... but who actually wants to live in a 400 square foot studio apartment or pay $4000/month in rent? Not me.

SF Bay Area is has the most per person There's just more work here per capita. But who actually wants to live in a 800 square foot apartment that costs $2000 to rent? Sux.

Los Angeles competes LA really competes in 3rd place here, but you gotta love your car.

Washington DC What is UP with Washington? Hello! ever heard of Information Design? It's like, informational dark ages back there in our nations capital.

Seattle, Portland Something seems strangely light here. Why aren't there more web design and software visual design jobs in the Pacific Northwest?

Why does Craigslist suck so much?
Right now, Craigslist boasts, it is THE place to post and look for jobs. It's good that there are so many job postings but the info posted should be alot better. It's web TWO-dot-0 people! There should be sorting in the UI.
If all craigslist did was standardize the job titles being posted, and include compensation range in the title, then it would be much easier to browse and search. I guess lameness is what you get with a 'free service'.

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