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These are the worst cities for finding a job

These metro areas have the worst job markets in the country.

These are the worst cities for finding a job
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Don’t look for a job in Ocean City, NJ. When 386 different metro areas are ranked across three categories–wage change, unemployment-rate change, and the current unemployment rate–it becomes pretty clear which are the best and worst places to find work.

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While we often look at the best of the bunch, analysts at Zippia pulled the numbers to see which cities are bringing up the rear.

[Image: courtesy of Zippia]
These are the 10 worst job markets for 2018:

  • Ocean City, NJ
  • Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ
  • Cumberland, MD-WV
  • Grants Pass, OR
  • Bellingham, WA
  • Hanford-Corcoran, CA
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Wenatchee, WA
  • Beckley, WV
  • Salinas, CA

Some cities are simply more scenic than strategically poised to attract employers. Bottom line: Visit, but look elsewhere if you want to land a job.

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About the author

Lydia Dishman is a reporter writing about the intersection of tech, leadership, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.

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