American Cities Losing the Most Jobs

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Staunton, Virginia
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56. Staunton-Waynesboro, VA
> Employment decline:
-0.3%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 55,120
> Number of jobs June 2016: 54,970
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 3.5%

Total employment in Staunton-Waynesboro fell by 0.3% over the past four years, one of the largest declines of any metro area. The metro area’s government lost roughly 200 workers, the most of any sector.

Carbondale, Illinois train station
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55. Carbondale-Marion, IL
> Employment decline:
-0.4%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 56,076
> Number of jobs June 2016: 55,832
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.0%

Employment in the Carbondale-Marion metro area fell by 0.4% over the past four years, one of the largest contractions nationwide. The largest loss occurred in the government sector, which decreased by approximately 2,300 employees.

Lynchburg, Virginia, USA Skyline
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54. Lynchburg, VA
> Employment decline:
-0.4%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 116,013
> Number of jobs June 2016: 115,501
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.2%

Employment in the Lynchburg metro area fell by 0.4%, one of the largest declines in the country. The largest loss occurred in the government sector, which decreased by approximately 400 employees.

Springfield, Illinois State Capitol Building
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53. Springfield, IL
> Employment decline:
-0.4%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 105,998
> Number of jobs June 2016: 105,522
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.8%

Total employment in Springfield has fallen by 0.4% since 2012, while nationwide it has grown by 7.6%. The metro area’s financial industry lost the most employees. Employment in the sector fell by roughly 800 workers.

Lawton, Oklahoma high school
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52. Lawton, OK
> Employment decline:
-0.5%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 50,605
> Number of jobs June 2016: 50,362
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.7%

Much of the employment decline in Lawton was likely due to workers leaving the metro area. The population decreased by 1.6% between 2012 and 2015, one of the largest such declines in the country.

Wheeling, West Virginia
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51. Wheeling, WV-OH
> Employment decline:
-0.5%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 62,490
> Number of jobs June 2016: 62,179
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.8%

The total number of jobs in Wheeling fell from 62,490 to 62,179 over the past four years. The 0.5% decline was one of the largest of any metro area.