Government Layoffs – The 10 Cities Who Have It Worst

The Top 10 list:

  1. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA
  2. Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
  3. Stockton, CA
  4. New Haven-Milford, CT
  5. Fresno, CA
  6. Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA
  7. Bakersfield-Delano, CA
  8. Kansas City, MO-KS
  9. Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
  10. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

Methodology: “24/7 Wall St. used data from the Bureau of Labor for statistics for estimated government employment and regional unemployment. The employment change figures are from Brookings and the credit ratings are from Moody’s. We also consulted the Milken Institute’s 2010 Best-Performing Cities – 200 Largest Metros list.”

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Other information about Local Government news the past few months:

Info on layoffs for states

What’s facing each of the states (the Governor’s perspective)

Recession and Recovery – Impact on Female state workers


Do you live in one of these cities and can attest to the government layoffs?

Do you live in another city hard hit by layoffs?

Flashback: “Top 5 Worst Places to Have a Government Job”


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Davon Smith

Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for such kind of information too long. I believe it’ll turn out to be helpful for my project.

Timothy Cole

I left Detroit/Warren for Washington DC a long time ago because it’s been bad for forever. I’m not surprised to see it in the top 10.

Margaret Brindzak

It’s hard to believe that the state with the highest unemployment rate isn’t listed in the top ten. Nevada is hurting with layoffs, retirement incentives and the cutting of programs in both state and local government positions. With an unemployment rate of over 12% for the entire state I know my fellow government employees are feeling the crunch.

Allison Primack

As a Stockton native, this is a little disappointing. Is there any reason why these cities in particular are being hit hard? I’m slightly surprised that Sacramento is not on the list.