American Cities Losing the Most Jobs

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Warner Robins, Georgia
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35. Warner Robins, GA
> Employment decline:
-1.6%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 78,367
> Number of jobs June 2016: 77,087
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 5.3%

The bulk of the Warner Robins metro area’s employment decline occurred in its largest sector, government. Employment in government fell by 6.6%, while nationwide it grew by 0.9%.

Downtown Skyline Shreveport Louisiana
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34. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
> Employment decline:
-1.7%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 183,306
> Number of jobs June 2016: 180,246
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.6%

Much of the employment decline in Shreveport-Bossier City is likely due to workers leaving the metro area. The population decreased by 1.0% between 2012 and 2015, one of the largest such declines in the country.

Hinesville, Georgia
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33. Hinesville, GA
> Employment decline:
-1.7%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 30,922
> Number of jobs June 2016: 30,393
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 5.5%

The total number of jobs in Hinesville declined by 1.7% over the past four years, while nationwide it grew by 7.6%. Many residents who lost or left their jobs likely moved out of the metro area. The population of Hinesville fell by 1.7%, one of the largest declines of any metropolitan area.

Texarkana, Texas
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32. Texarkana, TX-AR
> Employment decline:
-1.8%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 63,356
> Number of jobs June 2016: 62,216
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.2%

The bulk of the Texarkana metro area’s employment decline occurred in its largest sector, government. Government employment fell by 9.5%, while nationwide it grew by 0.9%.

Grand Island, Nebraska
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31. Grand Island, NE
> Employment decline:
-1.8%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 43,485
> Number of jobs June 2016: 42,701
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 3.3%

Total employment in Grand Island fell by 1.8% since 2012, while nationwide it grew by 7.6%. The unemployment rate dropped from 3.9% to 3.3% over the same period — one of the smallest improvements of any metro area economy.