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.


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.

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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.


About the author

Lydia Dishman is a staff editor for Fast Company's Work Life section. She has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.