American Cities Losing the Most Jobs

Print Email

Charleston, West Virginia
Source: Thinkstock

15. Charleston, WV
> Employment decline:
-3.7%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 96,339
> Number of jobs June 2016: 92,759
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 5.5%

Total employment in Charleston fell by 3.7% over the past four years, while nationwide it grew by 7.6%. Over roughly the same period, the population fell by 2.3%, the 10th largest decline in the country.

Davenport, IA
Source: Thinkstock

14. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
> Employment decline:
-3.8%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 183,561
> Number of jobs June 2016: 176,601
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 5.8%

Many of the jobs lost in Davenport-Moline-Rock Island were in its largest sector, trade, transportation, and utilities. Employment in the trade, transportation, and utilities industry fell by 5.6%, one of the largest contractions nationwide.

Douglas, AZ
Source: Thinkstock

13. Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ
> Employment decline:
-4.0%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 49,220
> Number of jobs June 2016: 47,268
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.7%

Much of the employment decline in Sierra Vista-Douglas was likely due to workers leaving the metro area. The population decreased by 4.1% between 2012 and 2015, the second largest decline in the country.

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, Alabama
Source: Wikimedia Commons

12. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL
> Employment decline:
-4.1%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 45,195
> Number of jobs June 2016: 43,335
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.7%

Total employment in Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville fell by 4.1% over the past four years, while nationwide it grew by 7.6%. The largest loss in employment occurred in the metro area’s professional and business services industry.

Homosassa springs, FL
Source: Wikimedia Commons

11. Homosassa Springs, FL
> Employment decline:
-4.5%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 46,044
> Number of jobs June 2016: 43,995
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.5%

Employment in the Homosassa Springs metro area fell by 4.5%, the 11th largest decline in the country. The biggest losses occurred in the government sector, which shrank by roughly 500 employees.