President Obama on Thursday outlined a plan that he says will put millions of Americans back to work.
Key components of the $450 billion American Jobs Act include:
- A $5,600 tax credit to employers who hire veterans (according to CareerBliss data, the most military-friendly companies are General Dynamics, BAE Systems, ITT, URS, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, Serco, QinetiQ and Boeing).
- A $9,600 tax credit for companies that hire workers with a service-related disability
- A $4,000 tax credit for employers who hire people who have been looking for work for at least six months
- Building roads
- Renovating schools
While not all are in agreement about Obama’s plan – or his efforts thus far – there’s no debate that something needs to be done to spur job growth.
Below is a list of the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas that have had the largest decrease in job growth year over year for positions paying $50,000 or less per year, according to CareerBliss data.
Top 25 Cities in Greatest Need of Job Growth
CareerBliss data also shows that many of the cities listed above have large industries which were impacted by the recession including, the automotive industry, construction, real estate and finance which impacts their overall ranking.
CareerBliss CEO and Co-Founder Heidi Golledge said, “After researching millions of jobs, company reviews and salary data points over the last two years, CareerBliss data concludes that there has been significant losses in jobs related to education, infrastructure and construction. If the President’s call to invest 50 billion in infrastructure and modernize education is heeded we could very well see job growth in these areas and an immediate increase in career happiness for the U.S. and, specifically, the cities on our list, which truly need a boost to their job growth and morale.”