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.
Armed with an idea of which jobs may hold the biggest challenges, take a look at the 10 Worst Cities for Jobs in 2015:
10. Newark, New Jersey
Job Market Rank: 105
Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 150
9. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Job Market Rank: 145
Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 123
8. Tucson, Arizona
Job Market Rank: 147
Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 104
7. Modesto, California
Job Market Rank: 148
Socioeconomic Environment Rank: 107
6. Fresno, California