Worst Job Market in America

Gulfport, Mississippi

Its unemployment rate has continued to be higher than the country's average. Furthermore, its work force, which is primarily employed in the health care, retail, and food services industries, isn't expanding very much at all.

Shreveport, Louisiana

Despite having a thriving film industry and being close to the Barksdale U.S. Air Force Base, Shreveport's unemployment rate has only kept up with national norms.

San Bernardino, California

San Bernardino ranks close to last in the nation for job markets the city's elevated unemployment rate—1 to 2 percentage points over the national average—and stagnant job growth.

Newark, New Jersey

The economic recovery of Newark lagged behind that of other regions of the nation. It has a higher unemployment rate than the national average.

Detroit,  Michigan

Detroit is ranked low on job opportunities and having the lowest median annual income among 182 cities.

Stockton, California

The job market in Stockton is less active than it is in other cities of comparable size. Its average yearly pay is below the national average, yet its unemployment rate is still several percentage points higher.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces’ unemployment rate ranks a bit higher than the national average and its job growth rate remains stagnant across industries.

Brownsville,  Texas

Although Elon Musk's SpaceX Boca Chica rocket launch facility is located in Brownsville, the local economy hasn't taken off as a result.

Oxnard,  California

While salaries grow in the rest of the country, pay in Oxnard is shrinking. It’s down nearly 5%. 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Its unemployment rate is similar to the national average, and its starting salary is on par with the national average.



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