Worcester Ranked Among Worst Cities to Find a Job in 2021

by | Jan 5, 2021 | News, Headlines, Worcester Ranks

WORCESTER – Looking for a job in Worcester could be difficult this year, according to a recent study.

On Tuesday, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2021’s Best Places to Find a Job.

WalletHub compared 182 cities across 32 key metrics, including job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary.

SEE MAP BELOW: The Best and Worst Places to Find a Job in 2021

Overall, WalletHub ranked Worcester #146 out of the 182 cities studied. Worcester ranked #149 in the “Job Market” category, which included job opportunities and job growth, and #120 in the “Socio-Economic” category which included median income among residents and the average commute time to work.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate is 6.7%. In Worcester, the unemployment rate reached more than 16% in June 2020, but dropped significantly to 6.2% by November.

Unemployment date for December 2020 is expected to be released in the last week of January.

Here are the Top 10 best and worst cities to find a job in the U.S. in 2021, according to WalletHub:

Best Cities for JobsWorst Cities for Jobs
1. South Burlington, VT173. New Haven, CT
2. Columbia, MD174. Cleveland, OH
3. Virginia Beach, VA175. Gulfport, MS
4. Salt Lake City, UT176. Bridgeport, CT
5. Boise, ID177. Las Cruces, NM
6. Scottsdale, AZ178. North Las Vegas, NV
7. Chesapeake, VA179. Brownsville, TX
8. Seattle, WA180. Detroit, MI
9. Colorado Springs, CO181. Shreveport, LA
10. Plano, TX182. Hialeah, FL


Source: WalletHub

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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]