American Cities Losing the Most Jobs

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Waterloo, Iowa
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40. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA
> Employment decline:
-1.1%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 87,011
> Number of jobs June 2016: 86,013
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.9%

Many of the jobs lost in Waterloo-Cedar Falls were in its largest sector, manufacturing. Employment in the manufacturing industry fell by 8.0%, one of the largest contractions nationwide.

Dothan, Alabama
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39. Dothan, AL
> Employment decline:
-1.2%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 59,393
> Number of jobs June 2016: 58,685
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.0%

The total number of jobs in Dothan fell from 59,393 to 58,685 over the past four years. The 1.2% decline was one of the largest of any metro area.

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Warehouse against blue sky in Harrisonburg, Virginia
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38. Harrisonburg, VA
> Employment decline:
-1.3%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 60,715
> Number of jobs June 2016: 59,953
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 3.8%

The bulk of the Harrisonburg metro area’s employment decline occurred in its third largest sector, retail trade. Employment in the retail trade industry fell by 2.9%, while nationwide it grew by 7.8%.

City of Kingsport, Tennessee At Night
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37. Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA
> Employment decline:
-1.3%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 133,251
> Number of jobs June 2016: 131,541
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.8%

Many of the jobs lost in the Kingsport metro area were in its second largest sector, manufacturing. Employment in the industry fell by 5.4% over the past four years, while nationwide manufacturing grew by 2.9% over that period.

36. Parkersburg-Vienna, WV
> Employment decline:
-1.4%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 37,714
> Number of jobs June 2016: 37,197
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 5.8%

Over the past four years, the total number of jobs in Parkersburg-Vienna fell from 37,714 to 37,197 workers. The 1.4% decline was one of the largest of any metro area.