Bad, and Bad Again
Well, folks, it’s official—the place where I live is once again snugly cushioned into Forbes.com’s armpit as one of the least likely places in the USA to find a job. That happens to be in a small town strategically situated between the majestic metropolises of Youngstown and Warren, Ohio, where those Forbes naysayers of negativity have placed us at number two. The number one worst place to work, in case you’re curious, is the Bradenton, Florida, area.
I would like to console myself that it’s just for this summer, based on the slide show that Forbes posted on June 13, but Ohio's Mahoning Valley has a propensity for landing on these kinds of lists. In 2002, in fact, Forbes named Youngstown as the second most economically disadvantaged city in the country—alas, I can no longer find the link. I do recall that Gary, Indiana, won the spot as the worst place. The memory stands out because at the place where I worked in 2002, which was actually in Youngstown, I had a coworker new to the city—and we all teased her because she had moved here from Gary. “At least you moved up in the world," we said.