The CareerBliss 20 Worst Cities to Find a Job for 2012

Posted October 11, 2012

Looking for a job in Reno? You might have better odds winning big at one of the downtown casinos.

The Biggest Little City in the World topped our list of the 20 worst areas to look for a job.

We checked out more than 14,000 employee reviews, unemployment rates and job availability to figure out which cities are most daunting to job seekers (check out the full methodology below).

"The list is intended to provide a full view of the job market," said CareerBliss CEO Heidi Golledge.

“It’s true what they say -- knowledge is power,” Golledge said. “At CareerBliss we strive to empower people with the tools and information they need to make informed, happy career decisions.”

Here’s the full list of areas where it’s tougher to snag a job.

The CareerBliss 20 Worst Cities to Find a Job for 2012

RankMetro AreaScore
Reno, Nev.
2Boulder, Colo.3.515
3Wichita, Kan.3.523
4Greensboro, N.C.3.621
5Birmingham, Ala.3.666
6El Paso, Texas3.674
7Lafayette, Ind.3.731
8Greenville, S.C.3.732
9Augusta, Ga.3.752
10Oklahoma City, Okla.3.760
11Albuquerque, N.M.3.807
12Philadelphia, Penn.3.826
13Detroit, Mi.3.831
14Nashville, Tenn.3.841
15New Orleans, La.3.869
16Palm Bay, Fla.3.872
17Columbus, Ohio3.876
18Baltimore, Md.3.882
19Little Rock, Ark.3.899
20Raleigh, N.C.3.904

"While these areas may pose more difficulty to job seekers," Golledge said, "it’s not hopeless. All job candidates, but especially those in these more difficult job markets, need to go above and beyond to score a job."

“Get out and meet people at networking events – there are plenty of job opportunities that are never advertised,” she said. “Be open minded and adaptable. Learn new skills. The internet offers a host of free resources for updating your skillset."

"And when an opportunity does arise, Golledge said, “do your research – look at company reviews and salary information -- perfect your resume and be able to sell yourself as the best person for the job.”

For more job search tips, check out our CareerBliss Career Guides.

Methodology: We analyzed unemployment stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opens over a six month period in 2012 and more than 14,000 company reviews submitted to CareerBliss by employees and former employees to create the worst areas to look for a job list. The combined, weighted score is ranked on a scale of 1 to 5. A ranking of 1 is considered highly undesirable and a ranking of 5 is considered highly desirable. All data are from 2012.

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The CareerBliss Team

CareerBliss cares about your career happiness. That's why we offer a variety of great tools and resources to help you make better-informed career decisions. We believe that if you're happier at work, you'll be happier in life! Check out company reviews, salary information, career advice and, of course, millions of jobs on CareerBliss and choose happy today!

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