The 10 U.S. Cities That Saw the Most — and Least — Job Growth Last Year

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The U.S. economy is in flux when it comes to jobs.

Despite a disappointing jobs report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics last week, the national unemployment rate is at the lowest it’s been in more than a decade.

And, according to numbers the Bureau released Monday, 297 of the 387 metro areas in the country had positive job growth over the last year as of the end of April. Good news, right?

But as in most aspects of life, there are winners and losers. The Penny Hoarder looked at the percentage change in new jobs — or lost jobs — to assemble these lists of the triumphs and flops in the latest employment statistics.

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The Jobs Report Winners Circle

Sebring, Florida

It may be small, but it sure is mighty — at least when it comes to job growth.

Sebring, a town near Orlando, Florida, topped the list with 5.8% more jobs in April than the same time in 2016. Fifteen hundred more people found employment there in the last year.

Here’s the rest of the top 10, and how much their job market grew since 2016.

  • Lake Charles, Louisiana; 5.4%
  • St. George, Utah; 5.2%
  • Yuba City, California; 5%
  • The Villages, Florida; 4.4%
  • Provo, Utah; 4%
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts; 4%
  • Grants Pass, Oregon; 4%
  • Auburn, Alabama; 4%
  • Gainesville, Florida; 3.9%

Jobs Report Stragglers

These metros were not so lucky over the last 12 months. These regions are spread across the entire U.S., from Alaska to New York.

Casper, Wyoming

Nicknamed Oil City, Casper, Wyoming clearly wasn’t booming over the last year. With the loss of 2,400 jobs — a 6.1% tumble — it came in dead last in employment growth from April 2016 to the same month this year. In fact, since February 2015, the city has shed 6,400 workers.

And here’s the rest of the not-so-lucky regions in the latest report, and the percentage of job decline each saw:

  • Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana; 4.9%
  • Sioux City, Iowa; 2.9%
  • Weirton-Steubenville, West Virginia; 2.6%
  • Anchorage Alaska; 2.4%
  • Elmira, New York; 2.4%
  • Rockford, Illinois; 2.3%
  • Bay City, Michigan; 2.2%
  • Carbondale-Marion, Illinois; 2.2%
  • Michigan City-La Porte, Indiana; 1.9%

Of course, if you happen to live in one of the bottom 10 areas, or any of the cities that lost jobs over the last year, you’ve come to the right place for advice. The Penny Hoarder Jobs page on Facebook has a bunch of information on careers, along with posts about flexible work-from-home jobs that are available right now.

I mean, where else could you find out how to become an extra in the next Avengers movie, “Avengers: Infinity War”?

Not a comic book fan? While that’s a shame, affordable grocery store darling Aldi is hosting hiring events across the U.S. in anticipation of opening 400 new stores and expanding and remodeling another 1,400.

And we didn’t forget about you teens. The state of your local economy won’t have too much of an effect on the availability of these 100 awesome summer jobs.

As Rihanna would say: “Work, work, work, work, work, work.”

Alex Mahadevan is a Data Journalist at The Penny Hoarder.