The unemployment rate was almost 10 percent in 2009. The unemployment rate across America is now at 5.1 percent, but that doesn't mean you can find a job anywhere. Here are the 10 worst cities in America to find a job today, according to stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Worst cities to find a job -- almost half are in California
- Calexico, California - comes in at #1 with a whopping unemployment rate of 27.4 percent.
- Brawley, California - number 2 is not much better with an unemployment rate of 25.9 percent.
- El Centro, California - another California city ranks third in worst places to find a job with an unemployment rate of 22.1 percent.
- Yuma, Arizona - ranks fourth with an unemployment rate of 16.1 percent.
- Detroit, Michigan - it's no surprise that this city is among the top 10. Their unemployment rate is still high at 12.7 percent.
- Wasco, California - and we're back to California. Wasco ranks 6th with an unemployment rate of 12.3 percent.
- Harvey, Illinois - this midwestern city is among the worst with an unemployment rate slightly below Detroit at 12.1 percent.
- Selma, Alabama - this city in the deep south comes in at #8 with an unemployment rate of 11.9 percent.
- East St. Louis, Illinois - has an unemployment rate of 11.7 percent, placing it #9 on the top 10 list.
- Pontiac, Michigan - rounds out the top 10 list of worst places to find a job with an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent.
The analysis revealed that the reason why so many California cities are on the list is due to the drought. The agricultural industry makes up about 3 percent of jobs and 80 percent of water usage in California, so lack of rain will quickly affect job availability.
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