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

When it comes to getting a job, these places in Florida need to update their resumes.

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When most of the country thinks of Florida they picture retired folks relaxing on beaches. Normally, they forget about the over 9.5 million people that are still part of the labor force.

And what do people in the labor force need? Jobs.

As luck may have it, Zippia dedicates itself to helping people find and choose jobs. So we set out to determine the places in Florida that everyone looking for a job should try to avoid.

After crunching all the numbers, we were left with this set of the worst places to get a job in Florida:

  1. Palatka
  2. Opa-Locka
  3. Miami
  4. Brownsville
  5. Gladeview
  6. Florida City
  7. Pinewood
  8. Hialeah
  9. West Perrine
  10. West Little River

Continue on to find out why these places are probably getting laid off with the next downsizing.

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

After getting the data for about 912 places in Florida, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to any place with over 10,000 people to keep things as apples to apples as possible.

That left us with 302 places.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 302, with one being the worst.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst Place For Jobs In Florida”.

The criteria we looked at were:

Population:10,572
Unemployment Rate:7.50%
Median Household Income:$21,156

Palaka takes the dubious distinction of being the worst place in Florida to get a job.

Recent job growth has actually been negative causing the city to rank as the second worst in the state. It also ranks as the third worst in the state when it comes to both future job growth and household median income.

2. Opa-Locka

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Population:15,329
Unemployment Rate:6.60%
Median Household Income:$20,757

Opa-Locka ranks as the second worst place in Florida to get a job.

While the unemployment rate is stronger than some places on the list, the household median income ranks as the lowest in the state.

That means the jobs that are available for residents do not even pay all that well.

3. Miami

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Source: Wikipedia

Population:401,927
Unemployment Rate:7.80%
Median Household Income:$29,762

The most famous city on our list couldn’t use its name appeal to stop from being one of the worst places for jobs in Florida. It placed third worst overall.

The reason? A surprisingly high unemployment rate combined with low prospects for future job growth.

Not to mention that the median household income ranks in the bottom 10% of Florida.

4. Brownsville

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Population:13,795
Unemployment Rate:6.60%
Median Household Income:$21,994

Brownsville isn’t in the black when it comes to jobs. It ranks as the fourth worst place for jobs in Florida according to the data.

Much like the other places on this list, low current and future job growth paired with low household median incomes earned Brownsville this spot on the list.

5. Gladeview

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Population:10,636
Unemployment Rate:6.60%
Median Household Income:$24,295

It seems like Gladeview won’t have views from the corner office. The city places fifth on our list of the worst places for jobs in Florida.

The only thing that separates Gladeview from Brownsville? A household median income several thousand dollars higher.

6. Florida City

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Population:11,313
Unemployment Rate:6.60%
Median Household Income:$25,917

Florida City takes the sixth slot for the worst places to get a job in Florida.

Following the pattern of the cities that came before it, high unemployment and small prospects for job growth combine to make Florida City less than stellar for job applicants.

The determining factor for its placement within the top ten? Its 7th lowest household median income in Florida.

7. Pinewood

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Population:17,371
Unemployment Rate:6.60%
Median Household Income:$27,137

Pinewood ranks as the seventh worst city for jobs in Florida.

Its relatively high median income prevented it from finishing higher on this list. But at $27,137, it’s not really something to be bragging about either.

8. Hialeah

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Population:226,837
Unemployment Rate:6.80%
Median Household Income:$30,883

The other big name city on this list, Hialeah finished better than Miami when it comes to finding a well paying job in Florida.

Hialeah managed to beat Miami when it comes to both unemployment rate and household median income, but still places in the bottom 10% of all places in Florida for both criteria.

9. West Perrine

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Population:10,439
Unemployment Rate:6.60%
Median Household Income:$32,809

The smallest place on the list, West Perrine ranks as the ninth worst place for jobs in Florida.

Weak employment numbers mixed with poor prospects for job growth caused the city to rank in this position. However, it has the second highest household median income for any place in the top ten, trailing only West Little River.

10. West Little River

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Population:31,792
Unemployment Rate:6.60%
Median Household Income:$33,068

West Little just edges out Sweetwater for tenth place on our list.

In this case, the little river offers up little job prospects as the unemployment rate in West Little River ranks in the bottom 10% for all Florida cities.

Detailed Ranking, Worst Places For Jobs In Florida

See the data here

City Population Worst Job Score Rank
Palatka 10,572 5.8 1
Opa-Locka 15,329 8.8 2
Miami 401,927 9.4 3
Brownsville 13,795 9.4 4
Gladeview 10,636 9.8 5
Florida City 11,313 10 6
Pinewood 17,371 10.4 7
Hialeah 226,837 12.4 8
West Perrine 10,439 14.4 9
West Little River 31,792 15 10
Sweetwater 17,600 15.2 11
North Miami 59,362 16.4 12
Leisure City 22,630 18 13
Sebring 10,462 19 14
North Miami Beach 41,938 21 15
Golden Glades 32,982 23.4 16
South Miami Heights 36,759 27 17
Fountainebleau 52,698 29.2 18
Miami Gardens 107,884 31.4 19
Westwood Lakes 12,060 33.4 20
Hialeah Gardens 21,841 34 21
Kendall West 35,895 35.2 22
University Park 24,900 37.2 23
Sunny Isles Beach 20,739 37.8 24
Westchester 30,417 38.8 25
Vero Beach 15,505 40.4 26
Country Club 45,202 43.4 27
Princeton 23,725 43.6 28
Florida Ridge 17,486 44.4 29
Coral Terrace 25,359 44.8 30
Ives Estates 17,904 45.4 31
Vero Beach South 22,356 46.6 32
Kendale Lakes 57,256 47 33
Tamiami 55,836 47.6 34
Miami Springs 13,909 48.6 35
Ojus 17,901 48.8 36
Olympia Heights 12,514 49 37
Homosassa Springs 14,034 49.6 38
Sebastian 21,881 50.4 39
Glenvar Heights 16,647 50.6 40
Kendall 77,462 51 41
The Hammocks 53,097 51.8 42
Winter Haven 34,118 53 43
West Pensacola 19,793 53.4 44
Homestead 59,866 54.2 45
Palmetto Estates 14,852 55.2 46
Brent 22,862 56.4 47
Cutler Bay 40,390 56.6 48
The Crossings 23,945 57.6 49
Miami Lakes 29,329 57.8 50
Haines City 20,531 58 51
Warrington 13,159 58.6 52
New Port Richey 15,113 58.8 53
Lake Wales 14,268 59.4 54
Richmond West 32,990 59.6 55
Bayonet Point 23,932 59.8 56
Sunset 16,862 60 57
Ensley 19,947 60.6 58
Jasmine Estates 18,744 61 59
South Miami 11,717 61 59
Doral 45,233 61.8 61
Elfers 13,612 63.2 62
Country Walk 16,573 63.8 63
Hudson 11,939 64 64
Three Lakes 16,340 64 64
Holiday 21,175 64.6 66
Lake City 12,133 65 67
Miami Shores 10,482 65.6 68
Zephyrhills 13,515 66.2 69
Auburndale 13,623 66.6 70
Palmetto Bay 23,650 68.4 71
Pinecrest 18,464 68.6 72
Shady Hills 10,551 68.8 73
Key Biscayne 12,385 69 74
Palm Coast 75,143 69.6 75
Ferry Pass 28,865 71.8 76
Myrtle Grove 16,917 74 77
Lealman 20,277 75.8 78
West Lealman 14,299 76.4 79
Lakeland 98,317 76.6 80
University (Hillsborough County) 40,294 78.4 81
Bartow 17,422 78.8 82
Bellview 22,807 83.6 83
Fort Pierce 42,350 84 84
Palm River-Clair Mel 21,279 88.6 85
Cocoa 17,254 89.6 86
Tampa 339,391 89.6 86
Gulfport 12,063 89.8 88
Mango 11,273 89.8 88
Egypt Lake-Leto 37,237 91.4 90
Spring Hill 99,513 92.4 91
Miami Beach 88,628 92.8 92
Thonotosassa 12,729 94 93
Pensacola 52,246 94.8 94
Gibsonton 15,989 95.2 95
Tarpon Springs 23,382 95.6 96
Ocala 56,598 95.8 97
Palm Bay 102,814 95.8 97
East Lake-Orient Park 24,177 96 99
St. Petersburg 245,363 99.2 100
Plant City 34,961 99.8 101
Tallahassee 181,821 100 102
Gonzalez 13,135 101.4 103
Seminole 17,246 103.4 104
Sun City Center 20,369 103.6 105
Panama City 36,153 105 106
Lakewood Park 11,625 105.4 107
Titusville 43,855 105.8 108
Land O’ Lakes 32,589 106.8 109
Lakeland Highlands 11,089 108.6 110
Town ‘N’ Country 79,785 109.4 111
Temple Terrace 24,705 110 112
Daytona Beach 61,779 110.2 113
Wesley Chapel 43,559 110.2 113
Oldsmar 13,565 110.8 115
Lake Magdalene 29,081 111.4 116
Palm Harbor 60,041 111.8 117
Ruskin 16,130 111.8 117
Melbourne 76,609 112.6 119
Trinity 10,946 112.8 120
Aventura 35,613 114.6 121
Largo 77,502 116 122
Riviera Beach 32,640 116.8 123
Safety Harbor 16,903 118.4 124
Brandon 102,555 119 125
Citrus Park 24,480 119.4 126
Carrollwood 34,891 119.6 127
Holly Hill 11,730 120.6 128
Cocoa Beach 11,368 121.8 129
Clearwater 108,138 122 130
Orange City 10,653 122.2 131
West Melbourne 18,259 122.8 132
Port Charlotte 55,942 123.4 133
East Lake 31,987 124 134
Northdale 21,828 124 134
Cheval 10,448 124.2 136
Dunedin 35,339 124.6 137
Port St. John 12,286 125.4 138
South Daytona 12,388 126.6 139
Rockledge 25,000 127.8 140
Riverview 70,052 127.8 140
Apollo Beach 14,759 128.2 142
Merritt Island 34,752 128.8 143
Leesburg 20,463 129.2 144
Satellite Beach 10,297 130 145
Lutz 19,158 132 146
Coral Gables 47,285 132.8 147
Valrico 35,765 132.8 147
Lady Lake 14,043 133.4 149
Bloomingdale 21,676 134.4 150
Viera East 11,230 134.8 151
Pinellas Park 49,136 135.4 152
Kissimmee 60,830 135.4 152
Buenaventura Lakes 27,803 135.6 154
Westchase 22,208 136.8 155
Tavares 14,011 137.4 156
Keystone 21,973 137.4 156
Fish Hawk 14,485 137.6 158
Deltona 84,973 137.8 159
Deland 27,013 138.4 160
Poinciana 54,442 138.4 160
Lauderdale Lakes 32,912 140.8 162
Jacksonville 823,652 141 163
Eustis 18,727 141.8 164
Stuart 15,653 145 165
Four Corners 27,164 145.6 166
Edgewater 20,796 146.8 167
Port St. Lucie 163,748 148.2 168
Panama City Beach 11,623 149.4 169
Punta Gorda 16,685 149.6 170
Belle Glade 17,597 149.8 171
Callaway 14,409 150 172
Mount Dora 12,445 152 173
Hobe Sound 12,901 152.2 174
New Smyrna Beach 22,658 152.6 175
Jacksonville Beach 21,470 152.6 175
Gainesville 124,981 154 177
Tamarac 60,849 156 178
Upper Grand Lagoon 13,977 156.6 179
Atlantic Beach 12,799 157.2 180
Palm Springs 19,551 157.4 181
Lynn Haven 18,393 158 182
Debary 19,246 158.4 183
Jensen Beach 12,039 158.6 184
Pace 20,476 160.8 185
Navarre 31,627 161 186
Midway (Santa Rosa County) 17,198 161.6 187
Lauderhill 67,553 163.2 188
Clermont 28,302 163.8 189
Englewood 14,929 168.4 190
Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace 13,313 169.2 191
Gulf Gate Estates 11,021 171.2 192
Fort Myers 63,427 171.8 193
North Port 56,148 172.8 194
Lantana 10,445 173.4 195
Delray Beach 61,231 173.6 196
Hallandale Beach 37,343 173.6 196
Key Largo 11,409 174 198
Fernandina Beach 11,573 174.6 199
Oak Ridge 20,044 176.2 200
North Fort Myers 39,453 176.4 201
South Venice 13,976 176.6 202
Port Orange 56,242 177 203
Key West 24,657 178.4 204
Ormond Beach 38,372 178.4 204
Sanford 53,299 179.8 206
Middleburg 12,617 179.8 206
Yulee 11,990 180.4 208
University (Orange County) 25,925 180.6 209
Lake Worth 35,246 181.2 210
Lehigh Acres 95,767 181.4 211
Miramar 121,447 181.6 212
Azalea Park 13,036 181.8 213
Sarasota 52,501 182.4 214
Pine Hills 64,841 183.8 215
Sarasota Springs 14,496 184.6 216
Venice 20,803 184.8 217
Villas 10,341 185.8 218
Margate 53,821 186.8 219
Palm City 23,341 187.4 220
West Park 14,306 187.6 221
Cypress Lake 11,276 187.8 222
Lakeside 32,701 187.8 222
Dania Beach 29,815 188 224
North Lauderdale 41,352 188 224
Hollywood 142,060 188.2 226
Pompano Beach 100,819 188.4 227
Deerfield Beach 75,724 188.8 228
St. Cloud 36,371 190.8 229
Union Park 10,452 191.6 230
Boynton Beach 68,467 191.8 231
San Carlos Park 18,828 192.8 232
North Palm Beach 12,114 193.2 233
Goldenrod 12,000 193.4 234
Sunrise 85,745 193.4 234
South Bradenton 20,273 195 236
Bradenton 50,141 195.2 237
Cape Coral 155,405 195.4 238
Oakleaf Plantation 20,966 195.8 239
Fruitville 13,452 196 240
Iona 14,425 196.2 241
Bayshore Gardens 16,824 197.8 242
Greenacres 37,447 198.8 243
West Palm Beach 99,803 199.2 244
Fleming Island 28,493 200.2 245
Orlando 240,185 200.6 246
Palmetto 12,761 201.6 247
Wilton Manors 11,787 201.6 247
The Acreage 38,683 202.4 249
Lockhart 13,736 202.8 250
Meadow Woods 24,707 203.4 251
Jupiter Farms 11,241 205.6 252
Oakland Park 41,841 209.4 253
St. Augustine 13,113 210 254
Fort Lauderdale 167,370 210 254
Immokalee 21,682 211.2 256
Estero 23,124 211.2 256
Southchase 15,469 214.4 258
Coconut Creek 53,104 215.2 259
Hunters Creek 22,384 216 260
Lighthouse Point 10,471 218.4 261
The Villages 50,313 218.4 261
Conway 15,480 219.6 263
Wright 25,242 220.4 264
Pembroke Pines 155,578 221.4 265
Alafaya 82,196 221.6 266
Bonita Springs 44,517 224.6 267
Parkland 24,050 224.8 268
Maitland 15,913 225.2 269
Golden Gate 26,327 225.4 270
Fort Walton Beach 19,814 225.6 271
Casselberry 26,292 228 272
Horizon West 12,111 228.2 273
Altamonte Springs 41,761 228.4 274
Coral Springs 122,219 228.6 275
Crestview 21,104 229.8 276
Davie 92,587 230.4 277
Doctor Phillips 11,263 230.6 278
Boca Raton 85,738 232.4 279
Forest City 14,892 232.8 280
Apopka 41,908 235.6 281
Royal Palm Beach 33,876 235.8 282
Jupiter 55,133 239 283
Palm Beach Gardens 48,338 240.2 284
Longwood 13,796 240.8 285
Destin 12,425 242 286
Wellington 56,391 242.4 287
Winter Springs 33,331 242.4 287
Winter Garden 34,508 243 289
Weston 65,233 243 289
Niceville 12,977 244 291
World Golf Village 13,288 244 291
Cooper City 29,580 246.4 293
Palm Valley 20,333 247.4 294
Winter Park 28,283 247.6 295
Fruit Cove 29,161 248.8 296
Ocoee 36,072 249 297
Wekiwa Springs 22,784 251 298
Lake Mary 13,917 251.2 299
Marco Island 16,570 264.8 300
Naples 19,933 266.4 301
Oviedo 33,726 275.6 302

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