American Cities Losing the Most Jobs

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Longview, Texas
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20. Longview, TX
> Employment decline:
-2.8%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 98,388
> Number of jobs June 2016: 95,600
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 5.9%

The total number of jobs in Longview fell from 98,388 to 95,600 over the past four years. The 2.8% decline was one of the largest of any metro area.

Owensboro, Kentucky
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19. Owensboro, KY
> Employment decline:
-3.0%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 52,990
> Number of jobs June 2016: 51,390
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.6%

The total number of jobs in Owensboro fell by 3.0% over the past four years, while nationwide it grew by 7.6%. The largest loss occurred in the professional and business services industry, which decreased by approximately 400 employees.

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Danville, Illinois
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18. Danville, IL
> Employment decline:
-3.1%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 33,796
> Number of jobs June 2016: 32,751
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 7.2%

Much of the employment decline in Danville was likely due to workers leaving the metro area. The population decreased by 1.9% between 2012 and 2015, one of the largest such declines in the country.

Wichita Falls, TX
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17. Wichita Falls, TX
> Employment decline:
-3.3%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 64,086
> Number of jobs June 2016: 61,962
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 4.2%

The number of people employed in Wichita Falls fell from 64,086 to 61,962 over the past four years. The 3.3% decline was one of the largest of any metro area.

Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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16. Johnstown, PA
> Employment decline:
-3.6%
> Number of jobs June 2012: 59,965
> Number of jobs June 2016: 57,801
> Unemployment rate June 2016: 6.8%

One reason for the loss of workers in Johnstown may be population decline. Between 2012 and 2015, the metro area population fell by 3.6%, the fourth largest decline in the country.