American Cities Losing the Most Jobs

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50. Rocky Mount, NC
> Employment decline:
-0.6%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 61,596
> Number of jobs June 2016: 61,236
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.9%

Employment decline in Rocky Mount may be due to residents leaving the metro area. Between 2012 and 2015, the metro area population fell by 1.9%, one of the largest such declines in the country.

49. Houma-Thibodaux, LA
> Employment decline:
-0.6%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 91,094
> Number of jobs June 2016: 90,557
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.5%

Many of the jobs lost in Houma-Thibodaux were in its second largest sector, government. Employment in the government sector fell by 8.4%, one of the largest contractions of any metro area.

Syracuse, New York
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48. Syracuse, NY
> Employment decline:
-0.6%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 296,941
> Number of jobs June 2016: 295,035
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.5%

While total employment in the U.S. grew by 7.6% over the past four years, it fell by 0.6% in Syracuse. Some industries in the area added jobs, but the gains were not enough to offset large losses in other sectors. The metro area’s professional and business services industry lost the most employees. Employment in the sector fell by roughly 2,300 workers.

Youngstown, Ohio
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47. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA
> Employment decline:
-0.7%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 238,457
> Number of jobs June 2016: 236,850
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.2%

Employment in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman metro area fell by 0.7% over the past four years, one of the largest contractions nationwide. The biggest losses occurred in the durable goods industry, which shrank by roughly 2,600 employees.

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46. Decatur, AL
> Employment decline:
-0.7%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 65,744
> Number of jobs June 2016: 65,263
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.0%

The bulk of the Decatur metro area’s employment decline occurred in its third largest sector, government. The number of people employed in Decatur’s government fell by 7.7%, while nationwide it grew by 0.9%.