August 2018 marked the 94th consecutive month of job growth in the United States, a record high. The narrative of a nearly eight-year-long hiring boom does not tell the whole story, however, as the jobs picture in dozens of cities represents a stark departure from the broader national trend.
Overall employment climbed by 1.6% in the United States from July 2017 to July 2018 — and by nearly 10% in the last half decade. Largely as a result, the U.S. unemployment rate stands at 3.9% — down from 4.3% a year ago and 7.3% in July 2013.
Meanwhile, in over 50 major cities, the unemployment rate remains above 5% — a level not seen nationwide since the summer of 2015. In a similar number of cities, total employment has slumped in the last year as jobs are vanishing.
To identify the worst cities to find a job, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the U.S. metropolitan areas that either had relatively steep employment declines in the last year, high unemployment, or both. Not confined to a single region, the 25 cities on this list span 14 states from coast to coast.