10 Worst Cities To Find A Job

The American public is regularly bombarded with the gloomy national jobless rate (down to 8.6 percent in November). But the situation in your local area is far more relevant to most Americans, and unemployment numbers vary vastly by city. Indeed, some Americans are living in a near Depression, while others, like the residents of oil-soaked North Dakota, are enjoying an unemployment rate at a sunny 3.5 percent (along with some unpleasant side effects).

Job search aggregator Indeed.com looks at the 50 largest metropolitan areas each month, counts up the job postings, and cross references those with the city's unemployment rate, as listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The result: The number of job seekers per opening, or a rough sketch of the worst cities in which to launch a job hunt right now.

Here are the worst 10, as reported by Forbes:

10. Orlando, Fla.

Number of job seekers per opening: 2.11

Orlando faced big layoffs because of the popped housing bubble, as well as a squeezed hospitality sector. Orlando has the largest number of hotel rooms in the country, after Las Vegas, and there were just fewer families flocking to Disney World after the recession hit.

9. St. Louis

Number of job seekers per opening: 2.12

St. Louis has endured a much slower recovery than other cities. Some think a larger trend is to blame: the decline of sturdy union jobs in manufacturing, and the rise of service jobs at a lower pay.

8. Rochester, N.Y.

Number of job seekers per opening: 2.31

This city in upstate New York has long been known as a pocket of affluence, the high-tech home of big companies like Kodak, Bausch & Lomb and Xerox, and the U.S. metro with a population of over 1 million that had the highest quality of life, according to Expansion Management magazine in 2007. But these big tech companies have been cutting jobs big time, and not just in the recession's wake. Rochester has been called a declining city for almost 10 years.

7. Memphis, Tenn.

Number of job seekers per opening: 2.33

Memphis has a very low high school graduation rate, and a large percentage of low-skilled workers, and so there are fewer qualified people to fill the growing education and health services sectors. Transportation is by far the biggest industry in Memphis, and as it shrank year after year, the city felt each blow.

6. Sacramento, Calif.

Number of job seekers per opening: 2.70

The real estate market seriously soured in Sacramento, like many other Sunbelt cities, and with a crippling budget deficit, California has been shedding state jobs, mostly concentrated in the Sacramento area.

5. Detroit

Number of job seekers per opening: 2.75

Last year, Detroit's mayor and other local leaders estimated that half of the city's population was unemployed, if you were to include disillusioned job seekers who have given up their search, and part-time workers looking for a full-time gig. Only 16 percent of adult residents 25 and older have a bachelor's degree, according to one recent study, and jobs in the area increasingly demand high-skilled workers.

4. Las Vegas

Number of job seekers per opening: 3.10

Las Vegas was the fastest-growing city of the past decade. Houses were bought and built in a frenzy; but with construction the state's biggest industry, a recession was bound to do a lot of damage. Las Vegas also depends on Americans' free-wheeling attitude toward cash. People are still very wary, it seems, about putting $500 on red.

3. Riverside, Calif.

Number of job seekers per opening: 3.25

Riverside is another sunbelt city recovering at low speed, thanks most likely to the acute housing crisis that rattled it to the economic core.

2. Los Angeles

Number of job seekers per opening: 3.48

Foreclosures were also high here, and finance and housing workers continued losing jobs even during the so-called "recovery." The L.A. economy also relies on entertainment and tourism, but movie-making and TV production wound down in the recession, as did vacationing to our nation's sunny coasts. These things, however, are trending up.

1. Miami

Number of job seekers per opening: 4.37

Miami was struck badly by the housing crisis. It had the fifth highest foreclosure rate in 2010 (172,000 filings), and by the end of the year, almost half the houses were worth less than the mortgage on them. Miami-Dade county's unemployment is sitting sturdily in the double digits, but witnessed a big drop last month, and is now at 10.8 percent, down from 13.5 percent in June.

These numbers may be dreary, but at least they're much better than the figures compiled by the job search engine Juju.com last year, which had Las Vegas leading the list at nine job seekers per listing. That's a worse probability than getting admitted to CalTech.

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March 01 2012 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Unemployment is really awful. Seems like there are many job opportunities fro people, but the amount of unemployed doesn't decrease. Maybe, employment agencies (http://www.pissedconsumer.com/consumer-reviews/employment-agencies.html) are also guilty somehow. Don't know..

December 06 2011 at 4:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't understand the job seekers per opening ratio figures. It's more like 100 job seekers or more to each job posting.

Sure can see the so called President from Kenya isn't doing much to help things and we started go ing downhill once the Dems gained majority in the House and Senate in 07. Getting a Dem in charge on top of that clearly wasn't the right move for the country either in terms of achieving prosperity for the people.

Voting for the Kenyan was a very bad mistake made for our country and I proudly can say I had no part of making that happen. Not my fault, along with 60 million others who voted correctly.

December 03 2011 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

obama's approval numbers are worse than Carter's were at a comparable period years ago. This guy is a looser.

December 03 2011 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

VOTE FOR OBAMA LOL LOL LOL MAKES POOR PEOPLE POORER. The Democratic Party Way! The public union people are doing fine. The private co. union people are getting let go. I believe people are smart enough this time around to vote for a real change. NEWT

December 03 2011 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alan Wallace

Don't believe everything you read.
I grew up in Las Vegas, moved to Florida for 28 years, then moved back home in January, 2010. I am retired, but my wife found a job in her field (medical bookkeeping) after two whole weeks, in a town where people have been complaining of being out of work for two or three years.
Add to that, Vegas has added thousands of jobs in the past year. Station Casinos has added over a thousand employees themselves in thst time. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a "help wanted" sign.

December 03 2011 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As to "Occupy Wall Street" I am in total support, however I think this Nation should "make a bigger" stand and no household should put up a Christmas Tree, No Christmas Shopping, etc., until and unless America gets back their feet. We need to stop complaining and show the compassion that we seek, for the people losing their jobs, losing their homes, living homeless, etc., How could any of us enjoy a "finanically" good Christmas dinner, gift giving, etc., in this recession, when our fellow Americans are out of work, not eating, and are homeless? Are we hypocritcs? Blaming OBAMA, etc., but still decorating our homes, the tree, and giving gifts in a time when we should be thinking about feeding those who have lost their homes? Comeon people....we can't stand for one principal, and not support what we are saying. "Let's be about it, not just talk about it." No Christmas lights, no spending, BOYCOTT CHRISTMAS......save the money.....take a homeless family home for dinner, allow them to shower, and treat them with dignity. That is the TRUE meaning of CHRISTMAS!! What would have happened if nobody showed up for BLACK FRIDAY? That would get the attention and the message delivered.

December 03 2011 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to SEXY SCORPIO's comment

This has to be the most bizarre post I ever saw. Boycott Christmas, don't spend! Create MORE unemployment. Take a homeless person home for dinner ? How about it Sexy -- give us your address and we'll send over some for some home cooking. Bizarre !!

December 03 2011 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

jobs are not difficult to find in any of these cities. the jobs offered may not be the ones you want, but a job is a job. money is money!!! college grads working at fast food places may not sound glamorous or what you spent thousands of dollars to graduate from college doing, but money is money. lower your standards and realize there are many way worse than you out there.

December 03 2011 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well people how about those of us here on this blog start an internet business? We can brainstorm and come up with a great start up business, I am sure. Let's get started, stop complaining, and make some money!!!....I will be working on my ideas.....hit me up with yours.

December 03 2011 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

im gonna go with long island as well. my company is closing in march and im screwed...

December 03 2011 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to andria's comment

Sorry to hear that. I live in the Greater Los Angeles area, and I was unemployed for over 5 months this year before I recently found another job. The hours are irregular, but I'm finally earning a paycheck again. Hang in there!

December 03 2011 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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