10 Worst Cities To Find A Job In 2012
Let's face it, in this economy, it can be difficult to find a job regardless of where you live. But for residents of some cities, the sheer number of people looking for work can make finding employment just that much harder.
So just where are the worst places to find a job? Armed with data on unemployment rates and job openings for the past six months, CareerBliss combined that information with reviews from more than 14,000 contributors to its website to determine the worst areas in the U.S. to look for a job.
Including overall sentiment among workers in a particular area -- not just unemployment rates and job availability -- can help job seekers "in determining which job market is best for them," says CareerBliss CEO Heido Golledge.
Below, find the rankings of the worst cities to look for a job, shown in descending order -- No. 1 being the worst city -- based on CareerBliss' overall "Bliss Score." Most of the municipalities on this list are midsize cities, though, as CareerBliss notes, larger cities also made the list.
*Score is derived from a weighted evaluation of unemployment, job openings and overall happiness of workers in a particular area.
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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.
Schepp holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
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