These Are The 10 Worst Places In California To Get A Job

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in California after looking at the best places in California a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in California, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Golden State are:

  1. Stockton
  2. Modesto
  3. Salinas
  4. Fresno
  5. Visalia
  6. Fresno
  7. Santa Maria
  8. San Bernardino
  9. Bakersfield
  10. Oakland

Read on to see how we did it.

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How We Determined The Worst Places For Jobs In The Golden State

After getting the data for every place in California, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In California To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Stockton

Stockton, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 292,262Recent Job Growth: 0.18%
Future Job Growth: 26.20%

2. Modesto

Modesto, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 201,986Recent Job Growth: -0.11%
Future Job Growth: 29.20%

3. Salinas

Salinas, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 150,634Recent Job Growth: 0.19%
Future Job Growth: 27.20%

4. Fresno

Fresno, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 495,777Recent Job Growth: 0.91%
Future Job Growth: 30.40%

5. Visalia

Visalia, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 123,905Recent Job Growth: -2.84%
Future Job Growth: 26.00%

6. Fresno

Fresno, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 495,777Recent Job Growth: 0.91%
Future Job Growth: 30.40%

7. Santa Maria

Santa Maria, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 98,715Recent Job Growth: 0.20%
Future Job Growth: 31.80%

8. San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 210,624Recent Job Growth: 1.17%
Future Job Growth: 31.00%

9. Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 347,091Recent Job Growth: -0.24%
Future Job Growth: 31.60%

10. Oakland

Oakland, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 392,890Recent Job Growth: 0.69%
Future Job Growth: 32.50%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Stockton took the “top” spot as the worst city in California for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of California, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In California To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
stockton 1 292,262 0.18% 26.20%
modesto 2 201,986 -0.11% 29.20%
salinas 3 150,634 0.19% 27.20%
fresno 4 495,777 0.91% 30.40%
visalia 5 123,905 -2.84% 26.00%
fresno 6 495,777 0.91% 30.40%
santa maria 7 98,715 0.20% 31.80%
san bernardino 8 210,624 1.17% 31.00%
bakersfield 9 347,091 -0.24% 31.60%
oakland 10 392,890 0.69% 32.50%
bakersfield 11 347,091 -0.24% 31.60%
rialto 12 100,009 1.17% 31.50%
richmond 13 104,225 0.70% 31.30%
vallejo 14 116,417 0.64% 32.60%
santa ana 15 326,608 0.67% 33.20%
victorville 16 115,069 1.17% 32.20%
el cajon 17 99,680 1.04% 33.80%
el cajon 18 99,680 1.04% 33.80%
moreno valley 19 193,758 1.17% 32.60%
ontario 20 165,260 1.17% 33.40%
oxnard 21 197,456 0.71% 33.00%
fairfield 22 105,407 0.65% 33.60%
lancaster 23 155,496 2.50% 34.10%
anaheim 24 337,471 0.67% 34.80%
fairfield 25 105,407 0.65% 33.60%
inglewood 26 110,225 2.50% 35.40%
anaheim 27 337,471 0.67% 34.80%
inglewood 28 110,225 2.50% 35.40%
sacramento 29 467,467 1.31% 34.20%
el monte 30 114,032 2.50% 35.50%
garden grove 31 171,377 0.67% 35.00%
el monte 32 114,032 2.50% 35.50%
riverside 33 306,128 1.17% 33.90%
garden grove 34 171,377 0.67% 35.00%
fontana 35 196,129 1.17% 33.60%
jurupa valley 36 97,673 1.17% 34.00%
fontana 37 196,129 1.17% 33.60%
jurupa valley 38 97,673 1.17% 34.00%
antioch 39 102,575 0.69% 34.50%
palmdale 40 151,841 2.50% 35.50%
antioch 41 102,575 0.69% 34.50%
escondido 42 144,311 1.04% 35.80%
hayward 43 145,165 0.69% 35.00%
escondido 44 144,311 1.04% 35.80%
concord 45 122,683 0.69% 34.80%
hayward 46 145,165 0.69% 35.00%
concord 47 122,683 0.69% 34.80%
pomona 48 149,431 2.50% 36.50%
los angeles 49 3,804,503 2.50% 36.50%
chula vista 50 242,499 1.04% 35.00%
chula vista 51 242,499 1.04% 35.00%
long beach 52 463,589 2.50% 36.60%
east los angeles 53 126,751 2.50% 37.40%
fullerton 54 135,419 0.67% 35.70%
east los angeles 55 126,751 2.50% 37.40%
fullerton 56 135,419 0.67% 35.70%
berkeley 57 112,662 0.69% 35.90%
berkeley 58 112,662 0.69% 35.90%
san diego 59 1,308,619 1.04% 36.10%
oceanside 60 167,799 1.04% 36.40%
costa mesa 61 110,322 0.67% 36.80%
ventura san buenaventura 62 106,273 0.71% 35.90%
norwalk 63 105,603 2.50% 36.90%
costa mesa 64 110,322 0.67% 36.80%
orange 65 136,891 0.67% 36.70%
glendale 66 192,537 2.50% 38.40%
glendale 67 192,537 2.50% 38.40%
corona 68 153,644 1.17% 36.20%
roseville 69 119,537 1.32% 36.40%
corona 70 153,644 1.17% 36.20%
simi valley 71 123,942 0.71% 36.40%
huntington beach 72 191,403 0.67% 37.20%
huntington beach 73 191,403 0.67% 37.20%
downey 74 111,807 2.50% 38.90%
temecula 75 100,621 1.17% 36.70%
downey 76 111,807 2.50% 38.90%
thousand oaks 77 126,570 0.71% 36.70%
west covina 78 106,290 2.50% 38.30%
rancho cucamonga 79 165,775 1.17% 36.90%
murrieta 80 102,345 1.17% 36.90%
elk grove 81 151,639 1.32% 36.90%
irvine 82 213,880 0.67% 37.60%
elk grove 83 151,639 1.32% 36.90%
irvine 84 213,880 0.67% 37.60%
fremont 85 215,188 0.69% 37.30%
fremont 86 215,188 0.69% 37.30%
daly city 87 101,538 1.66% 38.00%
daly city 88 101,538 1.66% 38.00%
burbank 89 103,420 2.50% 38.90%
carlsbad 90 105,097 1.04% 38.20%
burbank 91 103,420 2.50% 38.90%
carlsbad 92 105,097 1.04% 38.20%
santa rosa 93 167,207 2.81% 40.40%
pasadena 94 137,316 2.50% 39.20%
san francisco 95 807,755 1.66% 38.90%
san jose 96 954,379 2.52% 39.10%
santa clarita 97 175,922 2.50% 40.40%
santa clara 98 116,301 2.52% 40.20%
torrance 99 145,443 2.50% 41.30%
sunnyvale 100 141,123 2.52% 40.50%