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

When it comes to getting a job, these cities in Wisconsin need to update their resumes.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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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 Wisconsin after looking at the best places in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Badger State are:

  1. Merrill
  2. Manitowoc
  3. Wausau
  4. Racine
  5. Wisconsin Rapids
  6. Green Bay
  7. Chippewa Falls
  8. Marshfield
  9. Milwaukee
  10. Whitewater

Read on to see how we did it.

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

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

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Merrill

Merrill, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,638Recent Job Growth: -0.72%
Future Job Growth: 30.90%

2. Manitowoc

Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,646Recent Job Growth: -0.62%
Future Job Growth: 31.40%

3. Wausau

Wausau, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,158Recent Job Growth: 0.32%
Future Job Growth: 32.90%

4. Racine

Racine, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 78,878Recent Job Growth: 0.94%
Future Job Growth: 31.70%

5. Wisconsin Rapids

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,289Recent Job Growth: -0.03%
Future Job Growth: 33.40%

6. Green Bay

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 104,226Recent Job Growth: 0.66%
Future Job Growth: 33.70%

7. Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,673Recent Job Growth: 0.33%
Future Job Growth: 34.40%

8. Marshfield

Marshfield, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,655Recent Job Growth: -0.03%
Future Job Growth: 33.40%

9. Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 594,328Recent Job Growth: 1.15%
Future Job Growth: 33.90%

10. Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,385Recent Job Growth: 0.27%
Future Job Growth: 34.60%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

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

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

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

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Wisconsin To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
merrill 1 9,638 -0.72% 30.90%
manitowoc 2 33,646 -0.62% 31.40%
wausau 3 39,158 0.32% 32.90%
racine 4 78,878 0.94% 31.70%
wisconsin rapids 5 18,289 -0.03% 33.40%
green bay 6 104,226 0.66% 33.70%
chippewa falls 7 13,673 0.33% 34.40%
marshfield 8 18,655 -0.03% 33.40%
milwaukee 9 594,328 1.15% 33.90%
whitewater 10 14,385 0.27% 34.60%
two rivers 11 11,702 -0.62% 32.70%
shawano 12 9,256 0.68% 34.60%
burlington 13 10,492 0.94% 34.50%
oshkosh 14 66,046 0.66% 35.30%
watertown 15 23,838 0.52% 34.90%
baraboo 16 12,011 0.43% 35.00%
fort atkinson 17 12,401 0.52% 34.90%
elkhorn 18 9,983 0.27% 34.60%
mount pleasant racine 19 26,068 0.95% 34.30%
mount pleasant 20 26,068 0.94% 34.50%
appleton 21 72,575 0.94% 35.20%
weston 22 14,786 0.32% 34.80%
eau claire 23 65,860 0.33% 35.50%
west bend 24 31,200 1.15% 35.10%
marinette 25 10,943 1.23% 35.20%
cudahy 26 18,251 1.15% 35.30%
st. francis 27 9,365 1.15% 35.30%
south milwaukee 28 21,119 1.15% 35.30%
caledonia 29 24,654 0.94% 34.50%
beloit 30 36,943 2.28% 35.40%
sparta 31 9,538 0.71% 36.00%
menasha 32 17,213 0.65% 35.90%
neenah 33 25,529 0.65% 35.90%
waupun 34 11,362 1.03% 35.90%
beaver dam 35 16,215 1.03% 35.90%
sheboygan 36 49,308 1.08% 36.10%
brown deer 37 11,980 1.15% 35.30%
glendale 38 12,861 1.15% 35.30%
greendale 39 14,085 1.15% 35.30%
kenosha 40 99,297 1.22% 35.30%
shorewood 41 13,154 1.15% 35.30%
waukesha 42 70,593 1.15% 35.80%
ashwaubenon 43 17,039 0.66% 36.10%
de pere 44 23,796 0.66% 36.10%
grand chute 45 20,960 0.95% 36.30%
bellevue 46 14,482 0.66% 36.10%
kaukauna 47 15,422 0.95% 36.30%
west allis 48 60,334 1.16% 36.10%
bellevue 49 14,482 0.66% 36.10%
howard 50 17,564 0.66% 36.10%
whitefish bay 51 14,063 1.15% 35.30%
portage 52 10,267 1.20% 36.60%
little chute 53 10,447 0.95% 36.30%
fond du lac 54 43,027 1.26% 36.10%
greenfield 55 36,657 1.15% 36.90%
janesville 56 63,586 2.27% 37.30%
allouez 57 14,056 0.66% 36.10%
somers 58 9,563 1.22% 36.00%
salem kenosha 59 12,011 1.22% 36.00%
stevens point 60 26,673 1.74% 37.80%
suamico 61 11,301 0.66% 36.10%
greenville 62 10,309 0.95% 36.30%
river falls 63 14,986 0.96% 37.60%
hartford 64 14,104 1.15% 37.10%
suamico 65 11,301 0.66% 36.10%
pleasant prairie 66 19,658 1.22% 36.00%
la crosse 67 51,398 1.74% 38.20%
germantown 68 19,756 1.15% 37.10%
menomonie 69 16,192 2.27% 39.30%
monroe 70 10,835 2.98% 40.60%
hudson 71 12,732 0.96% 37.60%
oconomowoc 72 15,667 1.15% 37.30%
sussex 73 10,489 1.15% 37.30%
plover 74 12,079 1.74% 37.80%
richfield 75 11,305 1.15% 37.10%
platteville 76 11,170 2.66% 40.50%
menomonee falls 77 35,595 1.15% 37.40%
harrison calumet 78 10,701 0.95% 37.50%
muskego 79 24,118 1.15% 37.30%
grafton 80 11,457 1.15% 37.70%
oak creek 81 34,190 1.15% 37.40%
richfield washington 82 11,305 1.15% 37.10%
new berlin 83 39,621 1.15% 37.50%
lisbon waukesha 84 10,174 1.15% 37.30%
port washington 85 11,261 1.15% 37.70%
caledonia racine 86 24,654 0.94% 38.80%
cedarburg 87 11,425 1.15% 37.70%
franklin 88 35,236 1.15% 37.70%
wauwatosa 89 46,457 1.16% 37.70%
sun prairie 90 29,274 1.20% 37.80%
madison 91 234,586 1.20% 38.70%
fitchburg 92 25,222 1.20% 38.60%
brookfield 93 38,015 1.16% 37.50%
stoughton 94 12,695 1.20% 38.60%
middleton 95 17,589 1.20% 38.60%
mequon 96 23,164 1.15% 37.70%
onalaska 97 17,740 1.74% 39.10%
verona 98 10,632 1.20% 38.60%
oregon 99 9,269 1.20% 38.60%
waunakee 100 12,142 1.20% 38.60%

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