These Are The 10 Worst Places In Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts after looking at the best places in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Bay State are:

  1. Lawrence
  2. Springfield
  3. Fall River
  4. Holyoke
  5. Fitchburg
  6. Pittsfield
  7. Worcester
  8. Gardner
  9. Leominster
  10. Chicopee

Read on to see how we did it.

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

After getting the data for every place in Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Lawrence

Lawrence, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 76,331Recent Job Growth: 0.94%
Future Job Growth: 30.00%

2. Springfield

Springfield, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 153,278Recent Job Growth: 0.85%
Future Job Growth: 32.80%

3. Fall River

Fall River, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 89,049Recent Job Growth: 0.95%
Future Job Growth: 30.80%

4. Holyoke

Holyoke, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,996Recent Job Growth: 0.85%
Future Job Growth: 33.20%

5. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,314Recent Job Growth: 0.79%
Future Job Growth: 32.90%

6. Pittsfield

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,542Recent Job Growth: -0.83%
Future Job Growth: 31.80%

7. Worcester

Worcester, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 181,473Recent Job Growth: 0.75%
Future Job Growth: 34.70%

8. Gardner

Gardner, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,250Recent Job Growth: 0.79%
Future Job Growth: 34.40%

9. Leominster

Leominster, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,879Recent Job Growth: 0.79%
Future Job Growth: 34.00%

10. Chicopee

Chicopee, Massachusetts

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,326Recent Job Growth: 0.85%
Future Job Growth: 34.80%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

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

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

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

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Massachusetts To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
lawrence 1 76,331 0.94% 30.00%
springfield 2 153,278 0.85% 32.80%
fall river 3 89,049 0.95% 30.80%
holyoke 4 39,996 0.85% 33.20%
fitchburg 5 40,314 0.79% 32.90%
pittsfield 6 44,542 -0.83% 31.80%
worcester 7 181,473 0.75% 34.70%
gardner 8 20,250 0.79% 34.40%
leominster 9 40,879 0.79% 34.00%
chicopee 10 55,326 0.85% 34.80%
ludlow 11 21,146 0.85% 33.70%
southbridge town 12 16,775 0.82% 35.30%
west springfield town 13 28,411 0.85% 34.60%
brockton 14 93,916 1.19% 35.10%
greenfield town 15 17,543 0.37% 35.40%
lynn 16 90,392 1.16% 35.70%
chelsea 17 35,527 1.33% 35.60%
agawam town 18 28,476 0.85% 34.60%
somerset 19 18,231 0.96% 34.30%
westfield 20 41,162 0.85% 35.70%
attleboro 21 43,603 0.95% 35.10%
new bedford 22 94,952 1.61% 32.80%
methuen town 23 47,238 0.95% 35.20%
gloucester 24 28,937 1.33% 35.50%
revere 25 51,729 1.33% 36.60%
south hadley 26 17,657 0.86% 36.20%
amherst center 27 19,330 0.81% 36.80%
everett 28 41,621 1.33% 37.00%
salem 29 41,641 1.16% 37.00%
lowell 30 106,739 1.36% 36.00%
randolph 31 32,383 1.33% 36.70%
north attleborough 32 28,673 0.95% 36.10%
middleborough 33 23,037 1.19% 36.40%
amherst 34 38,399 0.69% 37.40%
peabody 35 51,215 1.16% 37.00%
grafton 36 17,692 0.75% 36.40%
taunton 37 55,951 1.38% 36.40%
boston 38 619,662 1.33% 37.50%
yarmouth 39 23,820 2.30% 37.30%
holden 40 17,361 0.76% 36.50%
rockland 41 17,518 1.34% 36.60%
winthrop town 42 17,584 1.33% 37.40%
stoughton 43 27,249 1.33% 37.00%
quincy 44 92,078 1.33% 37.60%
shrewsbury 45 35,583 0.75% 36.90%
saugus 46 26,761 1.33% 37.30%
pembroke 47 17,831 1.33% 37.20%
danvers 48 26,568 1.15% 37.40%
dartmouth 49 34,117 1.61% 36.50%
northampton 50 28,642 0.85% 37.90%
weymouth town 51 53,933 1.31% 37.80%
beverly 52 39,748 1.33% 37.60%
milford 53 25,549 1.51% 37.20%
dracut 54 29,573 1.35% 37.00%
haverhill 55 60,953 1.64% 37.60%
woburn 56 38,231 1.33% 37.70%
barnstable town 57 45,170 2.30% 37.90%
malden 58 59,388 1.33% 38.10%
braintree town 59 35,731 1.31% 37.80%
medford 60 56,255 1.33% 37.80%
wakefield 61 25,118 1.32% 37.80%
wareham 62 21,928 2.30% 38.60%
mansfield 63 23,191 1.33% 37.60%
stoneham 64 21,414 1.34% 37.60%
norwood 65 28,580 1.33% 37.80%
billerica 66 40,479 1.36% 37.30%
norton 67 19,123 1.38% 37.40%
easton 68 23,220 1.19% 37.70%
franklin town 69 31,760 1.31% 37.80%
wilmington 70 22,392 1.33% 37.70%
waltham 71 60,836 1.33% 38.30%
tewksbury 72 29,109 1.36% 37.80%
melrose 73 27,043 1.33% 38.40%
dedham 74 24,716 1.34% 38.00%
marblehead 75 19,879 1.15% 38.50%
canton 76 21,596 1.34% 37.90%
marlborough 77 38,491 1.51% 38.40%
watertown town 78 32,073 1.33% 38.70%
somerville 79 75,974 1.33% 39.10%
newburyport 80 17,460 1.33% 38.70%
chelmsford 81 33,931 1.36% 37.90%
milton 82 26,954 1.33% 38.20%
framingham 83 68,689 1.51% 38.90%
burlington 84 24,575 1.34% 38.40%
cambridge 85 105,026 1.33% 39.30%
reading 86 24,753 1.33% 38.80%
sudbury 87 17,712 1.32% 39.00%
wellesley 88 28,188 1.32% 39.10%
north andover 89 28,114 1.64% 38.60%
newton 90 85,177 1.33% 38.90%
arlington 91 42,952 1.33% 39.10%
winchester 92 21,437 1.33% 38.80%
needham 93 29,005 1.33% 38.90%
acton 94 21,977 1.33% 38.90%
westford 95 22,107 1.36% 38.50%
concord 96 18,081 1.33% 38.90%
brookline 97 58,634 1.33% 40.10%
belmont 98 24,759 1.33% 39.30%
lexington 99 31,527 1.33% 39.20%
natick 100 33,071 1.51% 39.40%