10 Worst Cities To Find A Job In 2012

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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.

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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.

9. Augusta, Ga.

Bliss Score: 3.752

6. El Paso, Texas

Bliss Score: 3.674

3. Wichita, Kan.

Bliss Score: 3.523

2. Boulder, Colo.

Bliss Score: 3.515

1. Reno, Nev.

Bliss Score: 3.39

*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

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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.

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Hana Katzir

Just try Careersonar.com and your friends will help you to find suitable job.

February 03 2013 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce Farrell

wonder which republican wrote that...LOL

October 16 2012 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce Farrell

wonder what republican wrote that LOL

October 16 2012 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

El Paso, Birmingham, Boulder Republican??? Are you kidding me? In OKC there are 2 large warehouses hiring and now hiring signs all over the city. As for the article, consider the source.

October 13 2012 at 5:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wolfer One

Every single one of the locations listed are republican owned. so much for the repubs fixing our economy.

October 12 2012 at 4:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Not surprised about Boulder, CO. It's primarily a college town, and once the college kids are gone between semesters, the entire city feels empty. Boulder's crazy reast estate taxes and prices have pushed many businesses out of the city. Everything that remains is primarily retail. So unless you're willing to work for $9 per hour in retail or a restaurant, and compete against 25,000 students for those same small number of jobs, then you really don't want to consider living there. It's a great place to go to school, but once you've graduated, there really is no option but to look for work elsewhere.

October 12 2012 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm in Reno and can see Mt Rose ski area from this chair. You can see some of the Ski runs in the picture used in this artical. While skiing there you can see Lake Tahoe less than 4 miles from the top of the lift. Retired here 16 years ago. Not Moving from the best little town in the world. We have the best hiking, best golf, best events, best entertainment, best skiing, best rafting, best camping, best fishing, best weather, best views and least traffic and taxes of any town in the world. BTW I've lived in CA, AZ, MT, WA, TX, FL, MA, MS, CO, HI, Phillipines, Japan, and Spain. Not Moving from the best little town in the world.

October 12 2012 at 1:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to z2rock's comment

Best weather?

October 13 2012 at 6:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

According to Obama the private sector is fine, however Biden said that the middle class has been buried for the past four years Re-elect dumb, and dumber and see how destroyed we will be by 2016. These two will have us all living ina welfare socialist state.

October 12 2012 at 1:37 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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Wolfer One

spoken like a true blue ignorant, red neck, hate filled, racist, tobaccy chawin republicon.

October 12 2012 at 4:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

gee, under obama, we bought a house, 2 new cars, make more money, and i found not 1 but 2 jobs at a higher level and more money in 7 months... if this is what happens to my family in the less than 4 years under obama, i'll definitely take 4 more of that!

October 12 2012 at 7:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Greenville, SC? What planet are you on? The "city of engineers" has firms and companies that are hiring like crazy.

October 12 2012 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Try looking for a job in Detriot, that is not even on this list. How did they pick the cities, throw a dart at a map?

October 12 2012 at 8:12 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Bob's comment

pawn shop will hire you--they even hire old washed up hockey players

October 12 2012 at 9:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Big Daddy Kane

jus shut up you bum

October 12 2012 at 11:53 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

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