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

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Ohio, as a whole, is an above average state for getting a job.

But like all states, there are some cities and towns that don’t have as many opportunities as those around them. These places stick out a bit like sore thumbs in the greater job landscape.

Here at Zippia, we’ve been zig-zagging across the country to help you find the best and worst places in each state to get a job. We most recently set out sites, and data, on Ohio to help all the current and future Buckeyes out there.

After the dust settled, and our analysis stopped churning, we are left with this set of places as the worst for jobs in Ohio:

  1. Hillsboro
  2. Cleveland
  3. East Cleveland
  4. East Liverpool
  5. Lorain
  6. Euclid
  7. Nelsonville
  8. Athens
  9. Elyria
  10. Maple Heights

Read on to see why these Ohio places might get fired soon.

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

After getting the data for all 2,500 places in Ohio, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to any place with over 5,000 people. We believe this makes the analysis more apples to apples.

That left us with 552 places.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 552, with one being the worst in any given category.

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

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Hillsboro

Worst Places For Jobs In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,599
Unemployment Rate: 6.70%
Median Household Income: $34,058

Hillsboro can now live in infamy as the worst place for jobs in Ohio.

The county seat of Highland County took the top position on our list by ranking in the bottom 10% for four out of our five categories.

The town performed particularly poorly when it came to recent job growth and future job growth. It finished in the bottom 5% of all places in Ohio for those two criteria.

The town motto of “Where Pride Rings True…” might need to change to something more like “Where Pride Rings True… With Limited Job Prospects”.

2. Cleveland

Worst Places For Jobs In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 397,972
Unemployment Rate: 8.50%
Median Household Income: $26,556

Cleveland is the big boy on our list of the worst places to get a job in Ohio, placing second worst overall.

Cleveland “boasts” the second highest unemployment rate in the Buckeye State and the eighth lowest household median income. On the bright side, the city’s income tax was the lowest for any place in the top ten, which means you can at least keep more of your annual salary.

And now that I think about it a little more, Cleveland seems to be placing second a lot recently. (That was a basketball joke. 😉 )

3. East Cleveland

Worst Places For Jobs In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,179
Unemployment Rate: 8.40%
Median Household Income: $20,797

As the first suburb of Cleveland, it’s only fitting that East Cleveland finishes third behind Cleveland in our ranking for the worst places to get a job in Ohio.

Much like its big brother, East Cleveland scored poorly on both the unemployment front (4th worst in the state) and household median income (2nd worst). It didn’t place further up on the list because it’s future job growth prospects are slightly higher than Cleveland’s.

4. East Liverpool

Worst Places For Jobs In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,248
Unemployment Rate: 6.00%
Median Household Income: $27,332

It would seem that adding a direction to a city name doesn’t help your chances of navigating the job market — East Liverpool places fourth in our analysis.

East Liverpool is bogged down by slow recent job growth (7th worst in the state) and prospects for future job growth (10th worst).

5. Lorain

Worst Places For Jobs In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,313
Unemployment Rate: 8.40%
Median Household Income: $34,823

Lorain took fifth place on our list of the worst places to get a job in Ohio.

The city tied with East Cleveland for the fourth worst unemployment rate in the state. Lorain also ranked as having the fourth highest income tax.

The city relied heavily on steel production and auto-manufacturing. As those industries slowly lose footing in America, so do the job prospects of the city.

It’s fitting that Mercy is the name of the current largest employer in the city.

6. Euclid

Worst Places For Jobs In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,781
Unemployment Rate: 7.20%
Median Household Income: $37,143

Euclid, another suburb of Cleveland, came in as the sixth worst place for jobs in Ohio.

Following a pattern similar to Hillsboro, Euclid scored poorly across the board without dominating any one criteria. The city’s unemployment rate was its worst scoring criteria, finishing in the bottom 5% of all places in Ohio.

7. Nelsonville

Worst Places For Jobs In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,372
Unemployment Rate: 5.80%
Median Household Income: $22,772

The smallest place on the list, Nelsonville took home the distinction of being the seventh worst place to get a job in Ohio.

Located in Athens County, Nelsonville finished poorly in household median income (3rd worst overall) and recent job growth (Bottom 5%). However, the city tied with Athens as having the best unemployment rate among any place in our top ten.

8. Athens

Worst Places For Jobs In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,013
Unemployment Rate: 5.80%
Median Household Income: $18,428

Just nudging out its smaller neighbor, Athens finished as seventh worst.

The county seat of Athens County, Athens ranks as having the lowest household median income in the state by a pretty substantial margin.

It only finished behind its smaller neighbor because it has a slightly lower income tax.

9. Elyria

Worst Places For Jobs In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,535
Unemployment Rate: 6.90%
Median Household Income: $41,531

Elyria placed ninth on our list, but took a substantially different path to the top ten the previous eight places.

The city has the highest household median income, and has the highest prospects for future job growth, of any place in our top ten.

So what held Elyria back? The sixth highest income tax rate in the state mixed with an unemployment rate in the bottom 10% of places.

10. Maple Heights

Worst Places For Jobs In Ohio

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Population: 23,136
Unemployment Rate: 8.30%
Median Household Income: $38,358

Maple Heights takes the tenth and final spot on our list of the worst places to get a job in Ohio.

The sixth worst unemployment rate in Ohio caused Maple Heights to finish in this position. The city actually has a relatively solid household median income and a relatively low income tax. They just weren’t sweet enough to help Maple Heights overall ranking.

Detailed Stats For Ohio Jobs

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City Population Worst Score Rank
Hillsboro 6599 40.2 1
Cleveland 397972 41.8 2
East Cleveland 18179 43 3
East Liverpool 11248 43.2 4
Lorain 64313 44.8 5
Euclid 48781 49.2 6
Nelsonville 5372 50.6 7
Athens 24013 52 8
Elyria 54535 59 9
Maple Heights 23136 60.4 10
Warrensville Heights 13532 64.6 11
Marion 36974 64.8 12
Galion 10471 65.4 13
Napoleon 8782 66.6 14
Youngstown 67093 67.2 15
Salem 12311 71.4 16
Coshocton 11215 76.4 17
Portsmouth 20300 76.6 18
Madison Township (Highland County) 6742 77.2 19
Bedford Heights 10721 78.2 20
Brooklyn 11101 78.8 21
Bucyrus 12306 79.2 22
Bedford 13049 80 23
Zanesville 25475 80.2 24
Parma Heights 20645 80.4 25
Sheffield Lake 9147 82.4 26
Chillicothe 21890 84 27
Liberty Township (Highland County) 10226 86.4 28
Canton 73318 88.8 29
Wilmington 12545 88.8 29
Oberlin 8288 92.4 31
Wellston 5664 94.4 32
Columbiana 6290 96.2 33
Ashland 20454 96.4 34
Willard 6269 98.6 35
York Township (Athens County) 7738 98.6 35
Campbell 8252 99 37
Vermilion 10769 100 38
Painesville 19496 100.2 39
Athens Township (Athens County) 30357 100.2 39
Garfield Heights 28755 100.8 41
Norwalk 16999 101.6 42
Salisbury Township 6340 103 43
Richmond Heights 10531 103.6 44
Fostoria 13104 109.6 45
Mansfield 47854 109.6 45
Clyde 6300 109.8 47
Clyde Township 6300 109.8 47
Grafton 6398 110.6 49
Struthers 10711 111.8 50
Warren 41569 111.8 50
Fremont 16717 112.8 52
Tiffin 17937 113 53
Amherst 12056 115.4 54
Napoleon Township 9813 117.6 55
Lima 38647 117.8 56
Berea 19049 119.4 57
Parma 81299 119.8 58
Brook Park 19199 120.6 59
Pee Pee Township 7872 121.4 60
Center Township (Columbiana County) 6289 122.8 61
Massillon 32126 124 62
Jackson 6384 127.4 63
Brownhelm Township 7624 128.6 64
Perry Township (Columbiana County) 16800 128.6 64
Avon 20925 129.8 66
Tiffin Township (Adams County) 5545 130 67
Wickliffe 12761 130.2 68
Middleburg Heights 15845 130.8 69
Mayfield Heights 19069 131.2 70
Defiance 16733 132 71
Willowick 14154 132 71
Fairview Park 16763 132.6 73
Bellevue 8211 133 74
Avon Lake 22515 133 74
Mentor-On-The-Lake 7483 134.2 76
Seven Hills 11768 134.2 76
Wellington Township 6210 135.4 78
Trotwood 24536 136.8 79
Unity Township 9945 137 80
Salem Township (Columbiana County) 5473 138.4 81
Ashtabula 19144 140 82
Dayton 142670 140.2 83
Alliance 22342 140.6 84
Toledo 287487 141.2 85
Greenville 13185 141.8 86
Washington Township (Scioto County) 5537 142.4 87
Fairfield Township (Columbiana County) 9835 143.6 88
Marion Township (Marion County) 44833 143.6 88
Upper Sandusky 6794 143.8 90
Logan 7306 145.4 91
Carlisle Township 7487 145.8 92
Shelby 9229 147.6 93
Niles 19274 147.8 94
Independence 7102 148 95
Willoughby 22302 148.6 96
University Heights 13514 149 97
Scioto Township (Ross County) 27715 149 97
Eastlake 18638 149.2 99
Lagrange Township 6162 150.2 100