Skip to comments.The 10 Worst Cities for Finding a Job
Posted on 01/23/2012 8:31:09 PM PST by Olog-hai
Vicious cycles of debt and irresponsible lending helped to cause the Great Recession, and now another vicious cycle of housing weakness and unemployment is keeping many cities from recovering.
Of the 10 metropolitan areas with the toughest job situations, seven are in California. Cities in the Golden State, as well as in Arizona, Nevada, and Florida, have suffered greatly from falling housing prices and high unemployment. These places saw skyrocketing home prices during the housing bubble. After it became clear that many buyers had purchased homes well out of their price range and the market collapsed, many of those houses went vacant.
Among U.S. metropolitan areas with 200,000 people or more, here are the 10 worst metro areas for finding a job.
|Metro Area||Unemployment Rate, Nov. 2011||Y-Y Change|
|1. Merced, Calif.||16.9||-1.7|
|2. Fresno, Calif.||15.7||-1.7|
|3. Modesto, Calif.||15.5||-1.7|
|4. Stockton, Calif.||15.5||-2.3|
|5. Visalia-Porterville, Calif.||15||-1.8|
|6. Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J.||12.4||0.1|
|7. Bakersfield-Delano, Calif.||13.4||-2.2|
|8. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.||11.7||-0.7|
|9. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.||12.5||-2.0|
|10. Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas||11.2||-0.5|
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Except for Riverside-San Bernardino, all of the California cities are in the Central Valley of California with mainly agricultural economies and large numbers of very poor farm workers. This isn’t a great time to be a farm worker.
How’s the hyper-liberalism, lack of border enforcement and high taxes working out for you, California?
Yeah, especially when the government turns off the water with the excuse that it’s for some little fish.
“Except for Riverside-San Bernardino, all of the California cities are in the Central Valley of California with mainly agricultural economies and large numbers of very poor farm workers. This isnt a great time to be a farm worker.”
You have to wonder how they roll up the unemployment statistics since the Central Valley is illegals from Mexico and all points South central.
While our hot-shot Attorney General files lawsuits over plastic bottles.
“Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Sues Plastic Water Bottle Companies over Misleading Claims of Biodegradability”
A significant amount of the rural unemployment in California is from the decision to cut the water supply to agriculture in order to increase the river flow and preserve an endangered fish, whose name I have forgotten.
However, even before that, those areas of the Central Valley had high unemployment due to seasonal unemployment of farm labor.
Ironically, when my brother was a skilled nursing facility manager in the Central Valley, he had to hire foreign workers in his medical jobs because there were not enough locals who had the training for being nurses aides and such. I know he was involved with trying to get a training/certification program implemented, to eventually fill the positions with local people, but I don’t know how far he got on it before retirement.
Not everyone is liberal here. The John Birch Society was founded in southern California. Unfortunately we DO have Boxer and Feinstein...but we DON'T have Hitlery, and those two crumbbums from New York. Face it, no state is perfect, so what is your problem with California?
We are the 8th largest economy in the world, and have 38 million people, so we must be doing SOMETHING right.
Why the animus against California? We are all ONE country, aren't we? Or are you from Arkansas? Hope, Ark., home of the former Commander-in-briefs? :o):o)
Those not familiar with the state, probably have no clue of that.
True, but if you were a delta smelt, you are one happy fish. Absolutely amazing how far over the edge we have gone without all hell breaking loose.
I'm aware that Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. is basically a one industry town, gambling and tourism, which has lost its luster as so many casinos have opened in places like Pennsylvania and New York, which once provided a lot of their visitors.
But does anyone know why Hickory, N.C. is on the list?
Not to worry, our alleged governor is proposing even greater increases in taxes on the wealthiest among us in order to solve the problem.
Surely these one percenters will be happy to pay their "fair share", and would not even consider a move from the Golden State...
(putting their properties up for sale, taking their buying $$$, and their businesses, and leaving their former employees without work, n'est ce pas?)
I remember that. The fish in question is the delta smelt. Most likely related to some other species of smelt; our "scientists" claim that it lives only in the San Joaquin Delta, and that its one-year life cycle makes it "susceptible" to their alleged climate changes. I never trust scientists on matters like this; it was scientists that insisted on culling African elephants because they thought it would save the trees and jungles, but it turns out that the elephants' instinctual uprooting of trees was helping along the new growth and the pseudoscientists were harming the very thing they were trying to protect!
A significant amount of the rural unemployment in California is from the decision to cut the water supply to agriculture in order to increase the river flow and preserve an endangered fish, whose name I have forgotten
I’ve lived in Villa Park, Anaheim Hills, Fullerton, Santa Rosa, Calistoga, Jacoby Creek, Arcata and Eureka...and my family lives in Palm Springs.
I’ve earned my attitude!
But I still want to come back and retire behind the Redwood Curtain. I miss it more than anything.
I never had a hard time finding a good job in Des Moines, Iowa or Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas.
Small-town America is getting KILLED in this depression.
The factories are gone to China and Mexico, and the Obama regime has killed any hope of bringing new ones in.
The government is even killing the small-town banks.
Is that still in Texas?
The furniture capitol of the SE until the mill operators sent the jobs to the Asians and NAFTA. Very sad to see the once active mills/warehouses running at a fraction of their previous activity by other businesses renting space or shuttered altogether.
The 2008 meltdown made it even worse.
Oh, come on!
My home-boy town of Detroit isn’t on that list?
Columbia South Carolina isn’t great either like most anywhere else.
No, you are not. Its inertia.
This is BS. they should try finding a job in Birmingham, Alabama. There are no new jobs here.
Haven’t you heard? Detroit is slowly being reclaimed by the surrounding country-side. It has no real jobs to offer a population that has mostly left it.
Fresno and the San Joaquin valley looks and feels like Mexico. It is a sanctuary area for the illegal migrant worker. The loss of water to the farms ( Thanks to Costa ,Pelosi, and Boxer) has destroyed the productivity of the valley. The Housing market has been destroyed so there is no construction jobs. The people here are so poor that they have to raise money via car washes to bury their love ones. The homeless stand on almost every street corner begging for money. It is very depressing here and you can see the effects of the Obama policies.
Ahh, the Golden State is tarnishing. That’s sad.
I read recently somewhere that we recently dropped to 9th.
Since they don’t have to count the illegals... just goes to show you how really bad it is for the citizens of the Central Valleys.... Just as bad all over California and the idiot Governor is making it worse. Special shout to John and Ken for their media hype-help in getting us another term of Governor Moonbeam. Can’t believe the so called conservatives who still listen to these two jerks. They do a lot to damage any conservative that even thinks to run in a major office in Calif.
“We are the 8th largest economy in the world, and have 38 million people, so we must be doing SOMETHING right.”
Very little. Mostly the state is coasting on the labor of those who went before.
Give it a few more years. California will look like the Manila City Dump.
Mill Valley native here, living on the east coast. I know exactly how you feel. I'm going to take some time off and go out in the next few months.
I lived in CA for years....Merced, Davis, Citrus Heights (Sacramento). I loved it but would never, ever live in that state again. It’s far too screwed up by liberals/Democrats.
I mean well and truly screwed up. The morons in the LA and Bay Area regions of the state keep electing uber-libs to state and national level offices, leaving the remaining Californians to deal with their idiocy for years afterward.
California is getting exactly what it has begged for. Reap it.
The hyper-liberalism, lack of border enforcement, and high taxes. Among other things.
Just goes to show ya what illegal aliens and a predominantly mexican and black population can do for ya!
You go, CA!
To be fair, most of the Californians who post here are Prune Eaters, not Pickers.
I have been through Merced recently. I don’t want to go back there.
The water was cut off to the west side of Fresno County. Tulare, Kings, and Kern counties were not affected by it.
Hyper-liberalism thrives in MOST big cities, not just in California. You know that.
Lack of border enforcement happens in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas too only MORE people want to come to California because there are MORE jobs. Get real. People sneak across the Canadian border too but only a few because there aren't so many jobs up there. Yes, illegals go to Canada FIRST then sneak over the Canadian line. What do the Canadians care about borders? They have an open frontier.
High taxes, yep, but nothing compared to New York. New York City has its own income tax.
So, before you shoot off your mouth do some reading first. It's obvious you have some "issues" with the Golden State. 38 million people are here, while MANY states in the midwest and north east and north midwest BLEED people.
Maybe it's just the weather; ice and snow for months and months on end must get old.
With all that moving I can understand attitude.
I loathe, hate, detest, abhor and deplore moving. We did a lot of thirty years ago. We stopped the moving crap in 1985 and are delighted with our home...unpacked once and for all, with minor packing for wonderful vacations.
Arcata...home of some of the state's most liberal liberals. They shut down the entire Humboldt county industries of fishing and lumber, being moron-greenies. Now the young men take up the old, sure-fire industry of drugs, making and selling.
Things are so bad that the FBI set up shop in Eureka and the Coast Guard moved in with shore patrols.
The Redwoods ARE marvelous. Have you ever noticed how QUIET the Redwood forests are? That's because there are few birds and there are few birds because there are few bugs. There are few bugs because the mightly redwood isn't liked by bugs.
Hahaha! We aren't the 8th largest economy in the world for no reason. We have 38 million people here because there are jobs, jobs, jobs and more jobs.
There are always the food pickers, true, and those are seasonal, but there are high-tech jobs too. Silicon Valley (the Peninsula south of San Francisco) has been having its job boom for 30+ years. Don't hold your breath waiting for high tech to suddenly disappear.
San Francisco is the banking center of the west with more banks in the city than any other city west of Chicago. A. P. Giannini, from San Francisco, was the founder of the Bank of America.
Southern California employs more people than make up most of the midwest states. The south part of the state has so many military facilities that they rank almost as their own cities. As for jobs, southern California has ALWAYS attracted people from all over the states and world, because there are ALWAYS jobs for the skilled and educated.
Then, there is the weather. MOST people think that six months of winter snow, ice and miserably cold weather ISN'T fun. Some of the biggest Sun Belt retirement homes started in southern California. NOW they are just too darned expensive for the average non-California retiree, so they retire in less expensive Sun Belt states.
Maybe the Manila City Dump is what it looks like where YOU live but that won't be California. Try again.
I’m guessing it might be out of work furniture industry workers; a lot of that work has moved to China.
Over taxed and over regulated....what states aren't? The regulation comes MOSTLY from the Feds. The taxes are to make roads...:o)MOST of our taxes seem to go to highways.
Crooked politicians? Check out the REST OF THE PLANET and you will find that crooked politicians are everywhere. If you don't have them in Puckerbrush, USA, where you must live, then it's because no one cares there. What a dumb thing for you to say and you know it.
Unions and special interests and assorted marxists?
Unions aren't OUR problem; they are yours. Unions make up only 18% of the US workforce. The other 82% of the workforce use the free market system. Nothing wrong with that.
Special interests--another dumb statement. Show me a state that doesn't have "special interest" groups. Congress is always complaining about its members and their "pork barrel" special interests. Wake up and smell the coffee, paul51.
Assorted marxiists -- They exist around MOST large universities because college profs so often are ASSorted marxists. If you haven't any ASSorted marxists then you haven't any large universities. Big states create big universities. Big states have big money and can afford big salaries to attract the best.
The University of California had Dr. Wernher von Braun in its Physics Department. There weren't any better profs of physics at the time.
Yeah, he was German-born American rocket scientist, aerospace engineer, space architect, and one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany during World War II and in the United States after that. He died in 1977. He did spend the last 30+ years of his life in America.
Yes, we are.
As for inertia, that's YOU since you haven't done your reading about the economies of the individual states. Geez, it's such COMMON knowledge about California it's in Wikipedia. Even a school kid can know THAT.
What Californian puts down the rest of the country? I don't. I may put down individuals from other parts of the country, but only if they write something UNbelievable stupid. That is what we DO here on FR.
My feelings aren't hurt by what others say...never have been after I reached puberty. I know that put-downs are the problems of those who are so insecure that they put down others to make themselves feel better.
I think that ALL 50 states are FANtastic.
Granted, one MUST admit that Hawaii MIGHT be a tad better because it's a paradise to visit. Wow, what a place. And, I might not want to visit North Dakota in the winter (from October - March--that's what my OLDEST friend in my life says. She's from ND and now lives in California.). But each state has its own unique beauty and history and is an integral part of our whole blessed UNION.
Yes, Hyper-Liberalism infects most big cities, but in California the whole state is infected with it. You must know that.
The state is a liberal petri dish. It’s as if someone said, let’s see what happens when we give the Left free reign to do whatever they want. The Unions effectively run California, and the state is bankrupt.
Do I have a problem with California? You bet I do. I grew up in Modesto, one of the cities on the list. That whole Central Valley is in a depression. I escaped to Texas 6 years ago, and thank God I did.
It saddens me to see what the Left has done to my state. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see yet another reason to be glad I left.
You want me to do some reading? I suggest you read Victor Davis Hanson’s blog on PJ Media. He gives almost a weekly account of the deterioration of the state.
Prune pickers, if there are still such people, are Mexicans.
Just keep whistling past that graveyard.
Well, YOU just keep denegrading; it's what you do best. What a nice thing to do to your soul.