American Cities Losing the Most Jobs

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A bridge in Downtown Albany, Georgia
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45. Albany, GA
> Employment decline:
-0.8%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 63,030
> Number of jobs June 2016: 62,517
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.0%

Employment declines in Albany may be due to residents leaving the metro area. Between 2012 and 2015, the metro area population fell by 2.4%, the ninth largest decline in the country.

Columbus Georgia Downtown
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44. Columbus, GA-AL
> Employment decline:
-0.9%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 118,393
> Number of jobs June 2016: 117,316
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.1%

Total employment in Columbus has fallen by 0.9% since 2012, while nationwide it grew by 7.6%. The largest loss occurred in the area’s manufacturing industry, which decreased by approximately 800 employees.

Glens Falls, New York
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43. Glens Falls, NY
> Employment decline:
-0.9%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 58,175
> Number of jobs June 2016: 57,644
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.7%

Employment in the Glens Falls metro area fell by 0.9% over the past four years, one of the largest contractions in the country. The largest loss in employment occurred in the area’s manufacturing industry.

Bridgeton, New Jersey
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42. Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ
> Employment decline:
-0.9%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 61,698
> Number of jobs June 2016: 61,113
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 7.7%

Many of the jobs lost in Vineland-Bridgeton were in its largest sector, government. Employment in government fell by 11.2%, one of the largest contractions nationwide.

Johnson City and Kingsport, Tennessee road sign
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41. Johnson City, TN
> Employment decline:
-1.0%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 86,299
> Number of jobs June 2016: 85,421
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.9%

Total employment in Johnson City has fallen by 1.0% since 2012, while nationwide it grew by 7.6%. The metro area’s mining, logging, and construction industry lost the most employees. Employment in the sector fell by roughly 300 workers.