American Cities Losing the Most Jobs

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Binghamton, New York
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5. Binghamton, NY
> Employment decline:
-6.2%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 109,202
> Number of jobs June 2016: 102,483
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 5.1%

The bulk of the Binghamton metro area’s employment decline occurred in its largest sector, government. The number of area residents employed by the local government fell by 7.6%, while nationwide it grew by 0.9%.

Peoria, Illinois
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4. Peoria, IL
> Employment decline:
-6.4%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 183,130
> Number of jobs June 2016: 171,350
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.6%

Total employment in Peoria fell by 6.4% over the past four years, one of the largest declines of any metro area. The unemployment rate fell from 7.8% to 6.6% over the same period — one of the smallest improvements of any metro area economy.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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3. Pine Bluff, AR
> Employment decline:
-6.6%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 36,984
> Number of jobs June 2016: 34,549
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 5.4%

Total employment in Pine Bluff has fallen by 6.6% since 2012, while nationwide it grew by 7.6%. Workers who lost or left their jobs may be among the many residents moving out of Pine Bluff. The metro area population fell by 3.8%, the third largest decline.

Beckley, West Virginia
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2. Beckley, WV
> Employment decline:
-6.6%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 46,418
> Number of jobs June 2016: 43,357
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 7.1%

Total employment in Beckley has fallen by 6.6% since 2012, while nationwide it grew by 7.6%. The unemployment rate fell from 7.8% to 7.1% over the same period — one of the smallest improvements of any metro area economy.

Atlantic City, NJ Life Boat
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1. Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ
> Employment decline:
-6.8%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 122,981
> Number of jobs June 2016: 114,580
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 7.4%

The Atlantic City-Hammonton metro area leads the nation for job losses, with a four-year employment decline of 6.8%. Many of the jobs lost in the area were in its largest sector, leisure and hospitality. Employment in the leisure and hospitality industry fell by 21.9%, one of the largest contractions nationwide.