A change in location can be the difference between finding a good job and hopelessly sending out more resumes. The job market has improved in recent years, but more progress is clearly being felt in certain areas of the country.
WalletHub, a personal finance site designed to help you make smarter financial decisions, recently analyzed the nation’s 150 most populated cities to find the best and worst places for the unemployed to land a job. The analysis includes 23 key metrics across two key dimensions, “Job Market” and “Socioeconomic Environment.” The former was assigned a heavier weighting and includes components like job opportunities, employment growth, unemployment rate, and monthly median starting salary. The latter includes components like median annual income, time spent working, and benefits.
The best-ranking cities overall include Scottsdale, Arizona, Plano, Texas, Orlando, Florida, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. California is a hit or miss. San Francisco and Rancho Cucamonga are the No. 5 and No. 6 best cities for jobs, respectively. In fact, Rancho Cucamonga has the highest employment growth in the nation. Yet the Golden State is also home to some of the worst-ranking cities.
Let’s take a look at the 12 worst cities in America to find a good job, based on the analysis of 150 cities.
12. Mobile, Alabama
- Job market rank: 130
- Socioeconomic environment rank: 142
Mobile ranks as the No. 12 worst city in America to find employment. Job security and workplace accessibility are its two worst-ranking metrics, while the city’s high unemployment rate of about 7% is also near the bottom. Mobile’s employment growth is under 1%, ranking No. 121 out of the 150 cities. On a positive note, Mobile’s monthly median starting salary is $2,503, slightly better than average. Working and commuting time (8.43 hours) is also better than average.