Slideshow 2017’s worst cities for jobs

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  • December 21 2017, 10:08am EST

2017’s worst cities for jobs

In order to determine the best job markets in the U.S., WalletHub analysts compared the 150 most populated cities across two key dimensions: “job market” and “socioeconomic environment.” The personal-finance website assigned heavier weight to the former as the factors in that category most heavily influence a job seeker’s decision in terms of relocation for employment.

The job market ranking, comprising of 80 points total, included a number of data points on job opportunities, employment growth and job securities. The socioeconomic portion, totaling 20 points, included data on median annual incomes, workplace accessibility and housing affordability.

These following cities ranked lowest on WalletHub’s list.

10. Rochester, N.Y.

Total score: 42.90
Job market ranking: 143
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 75

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9. Tallahassee, Fla.

Total score: 42.53
Job market ranking: 146
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 52

8. Cleveland, Ohio

Total score: 42.10
Job market ranking: 140
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 140

7. Worcester, Mass.

Total score: 42.10
Job market ranking: 145
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 68

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6. Oxnard, Calif.

Total score: 41.35
Job market ranking: 144
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 116

5. Buffalo, N.Y.

Total score: 41.17
Job market ranking: 147
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 63

4. Newark, N.J.

Total score: 39.13
Job market ranking: 142
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 149

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3. Bakersfield, Calif.

Total score: 37.35
Job market ranking: 149
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 106

2. Fresno, Calif.

Total score: 36.81
Job market ranking: 148
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 137

1. Detroit, Mich.

Total score: 33.45
Job market ranking: 150
Socioeconomic Environmental ranking: 148