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10 Worst Cities for Jobs: 2015

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With an improving economy comes more job opportunities for workers. The wait was a long time coming, but not every city is fertile ground for those seeking employment.

Recently, we looked at WalletHub’s best cities to find jobs, and now we turn to the bottom of the rankings.

(Related: 10 Best Cities for Jobs: 2015.)

WalletHub used metrics to rank 150 cities in terms of finding a job. Two components were considered: job market and socioeconomic environment. The former counted for two-thirds of the overall ranking and included job opportunities, employment growth and median monthly salary, among other matters. The latter included commuting time, benefits, housing affordability and other lifestyle considerations.

We also take note of CareerCast.com, a jobs site that ranked 200 jobs based on work environment, stress and hiring outlook. Best on its list was mathematician, while financial planner was No. 16. Other financial industry jobs in the ranking included economist at No. 19, accountant at No. 40 and tax preparer at No. 68. Lumberjack ranked last, followed by newspaper reporter, enlisted military personnel, taxi driver and broadcaster.

(Check out 20 Best & Worst Cities to Start a Career and the 15 Worst Cities for Retirees.)

Armed with an idea of which jobs may hold the biggest challenges, take a look at the 10 Worst Cities for Jobs in 2015:

Skyline of Newark.

10. Newark, New Jersey

Job Market Rank: 105

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 150

The Winston-Tower in Winston-Salem, NC. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

9. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Job Market Rank: 145

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 123

The Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson. (Photo: AP)

8. Tucson, Arizona

Job Market Rank: 147

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 104

Modesto City Archway.

7. Modesto, California

Job Market Rank: 148

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 107

Fulton Mall in Fresno, CA. (Photo: AP)

6. Fresno, California

Job Market Rank: 146

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 124

Graceland in Memphis. (Photo: AP)

5. Memphis, Tennessee

Job Market Rank: 140

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 144

Hialeah Park Race Course. (Photo: AP)

4. Hialeah, Florida

Job Market Rank: 138

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 148

Son Memorial Fountain in Hart Plaza in Detroit. (Photo: AP)

3. Detroit

Job Market Rank: 142

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 145

Moreno Valley. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

2. Moreno Valley, California

Job Market Rank: 150

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 89

San Bernardino City Hall. (Photo: AP)

1. San Bernardino, California

Job Market Rank: 149

Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 149

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