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These Cities Lost the Most Jobs in the Last Five Years


To determine the cities that added the most jobs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percent change in total employment from October 2014 to October 2019 in U.S. metropolitan areas using seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data on unemployment also came from the BLS LAUS program. National employment data and data on industry employment for the same period are from the BLS Current Employment Statistics program and is not seasonally adjusted. Population figures for the years 2013 and 2018 are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Data on median household income, poverty, and the share of adults 25 and over with at least a bachelor’s degree also came from the ACS and are for 2018. All data are for the most recent period available.

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