No jobs for Michigan

Forbes recently ran an article on the best and worst cities for jobs in the US. And surprise, surprise, Michigan cities appear most on the worst list.

It’s understandable that New Orleans is currently the worst city for jobs, and it’s probably obvious what #2 and #3 are as well: Detroit and Flint. And how interesting is it that Detroit and Flint are also ranked #2 and #3 for most dangerous cities in the US? Coincidence?

The rest of the worst cities for jobs are 4. Canton, OH; 5. Warren, MI; 6. Hickory, NC; 7. Lansing, MI; 8. Dayton, OH; 9. Youngstown, OH; 10. Ann Arbor, MI. Half the list is Michigan! I love my home state, but my god, does its economy suck!

From the article:
“The main artery for job loss in the U.S. runs through Ohio and Michigan, which had eight of the 10 metros with the biggest job losses. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both campaigned vigorously in Ohio in February, blasting the North American Free Trade Agreement. No doubt that was an appeal to voters in places like Canton, Dayton and Youngstown, where NAFTA is associated with sinking employment.

“NAFTA is used as a whipping boy for all the problems that these areas are struggling with,” says Zandi. Yet the culprit for most of the lost jobs in the area is the deterioration of the domestic auto industry. The struggles of Chrysler, Ford Motor and General Motors have caused thousands of jobs to flee locales with heavy auto employment, like Detroit and Flint.

Any turnaround in these cities is likely to take years, and there is no silver bullet that will do it. But Zandi has three tenets that these cities should follow. First, educate the population. In Canton, Detroit, Flint and Youngstown, less than 18% of the adult population has a college degree. Next up, work on improving the infrastructure.

Finally it is important to keep costs down to try and entice new businesses. Michigan in particular has work to do on this front. Business costs in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Warren are all above the national average.”

And the best cities for jobs: 1. Cape Coral, FL; 2. Las Vegas, NV; 3. McAllen, TX; 4. Port St. Lucie, FL; 5. Naples, FL; 6. Ocala, FL; 7. Riverside, CA; 8. Provo, UT; 9. Myrtle Beach, SC; 10. Phoenix, AZ.

So if I ever did move back to the US, I’m heading for the Southwest – though I will always be a Midwesterner at heart!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed.
  • dw

    Interesting article. Oh the poor northern Midwest. Not that I needed an excuse to move out of Ohio, but this seems like a good one since the family doesn’t tend to appreciate “Well the world is a lot bigger than Ohio and I’m sick of it.” :)

  • dw

    Interesting article. Oh the poor northern Midwest. Not that I needed an excuse to move out of Ohio, but this seems like a good one since the family doesn’t tend to appreciate “Well the world is a lot bigger than Ohio and I’m sick of it.” :)

  • shannon

    Oh, I am so content that I will be going back to Ohio and starting my job search there. Though I already knew it pretty much sucks there. One of my Business profs last year said that it was a great year for college graduates in the job market… except for in Ohio. Lovely.

  • shannon

    Oh, I am so content that I will be going back to Ohio and starting my job search there. Though I already knew it pretty much sucks there. One of my Business profs last year said that it was a great year for college graduates in the job market… except for in Ohio. Lovely.

  • Linda

    Before you decide on the Southwest, be sure and visit there in the summer. It is sooo hot. My parents live in Phoenix and it is great to visit there in the winter but you can’t leave the house after 10 or so in the mornings without wilting. Everything is air conditioned. Texas is even worse because of the humidity. My sister lived in Ohio for a few years and found it very depressing-but then she moved there from Scotsdale, AZ.

  • Linda

    Before you decide on the Southwest, be sure and visit there in the summer. It is sooo hot. My parents live in Phoenix and it is great to visit there in the winter but you can’t leave the house after 10 or so in the mornings without wilting. Everything is air conditioned. Texas is even worse because of the humidity. My sister lived in Ohio for a few years and found it very depressing-but then she moved there from Scotsdale, AZ.

  • Le Tigre

    I’m surprised that unemployment is so bad in New Orleans actually because you would think that so much rebuilding needed to be done there would be a lot of work available in a number of areas. I hope whoever the new President is is able to help your homestate rise above.

  • Le Tigre

    I’m surprised that unemployment is so bad in New Orleans actually because you would think that so much rebuilding needed to be done there would be a lot of work available in a number of areas. I hope whoever the new President is is able to help your homestate rise above.

  • Jennie

    Oh man, I absolutely love the heat. I was in Cairo in June last year and it was heaven! Except I would have been happier with a swimming pool…

    And there’s a ton of rebuilding that needs to be done in New Orleans, but there’s no money to actually get it done. The government would rather spend money on Iraq than Louisiana. :/

  • Jennie

    Oh man, I absolutely love the heat. I was in Cairo in June last year and it was heaven! Except I would have been happier with a swimming pool…And there’s a ton of rebuilding that needs to be done in New Orleans, but there’s no money to actually get it done. The government would rather spend money on Iraq than Louisiana. :/

  • Au Soleil Levant

    I really don’t know why Ann Arbor is on that list. Driving through downtown there is building allllll over (those ugly retail on the bottom/apartments on the top things), Google just moved into town a year ago, and the University is always looking for people. I know it’s expensive to be a business owner here but I don’t really agree with the numbers on A2. That being said, yeah, the work situation in MI and OH in general is dismal. And since the economy in general sucks and sucks even more here there is very little money for helping us turn around.

    I thought your last blog entry about English education in secondaire was really interesting for me as a primaire assistant. That’s a whole blog post. I am especially interested that they are so focused on American culture, whereas I’m constantly frustrated that I have to teach them all about England, which I don’t know that much about.

  • Au Soleil Levant

    I really don’t know why Ann Arbor is on that list. Driving through downtown there is building allllll over (those ugly retail on the bottom/apartments on the top things), Google just moved into town a year ago, and the University is always looking for people. I know it’s expensive to be a business owner here but I don’t really agree with the numbers on A2. That being said, yeah, the work situation in MI and OH in general is dismal. And since the economy in general sucks and sucks even more here there is very little money for helping us turn around.I thought your last blog entry about English education in secondaire was really interesting for me as a primaire assistant. That’s a whole blog post. I am especially interested that they are so focused on American culture, whereas I’m constantly frustrated that I have to teach them all about England, which I don’t know that much about.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

Support ielanguages.com

The 2nd edition of French Language Tutorial is available as a PDF book. It has been updated with much more vocabulary, sample sentences, and cultural information, plus extended vocabulary lists, cross-referenced topics, and an alphabetical index.

Visit the Store to buy the PDF e-book for $14.95 or paperback book for $29.95.