22 US cities at risk of losing jobs because of the coronavirus

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Atlantic City, New Jersey, is one of the cities that could be at risk of major job losses. f11photo/Shutterstock

As many businesses temporarily close and the majority of Americans are required to stay at home, many businesses in cities across the US could feel the economic effects from the novel coronavirus.

The US has confirmed about 41,000 cases of coronavirus across the country and 485 deaths.

Brookings Institution published a ranking of which US metro areas could be most negatively affected by the coronavirus, based on each metro area’s share of employees that worked in industries at risk of a decline in employment.

To come up with this ranking, Brookings used the Moody’s Investors Service list of industries most at risk of a decline in employment: mining/oil and gas, transportation, employment services, travel arrangements, and leisure and hospitality.

In 2019, 24.2 million of Americans, or 16.5%, worked in jobs that Moody’s labelled at risk.

Midland, Texas; Kahului, Hawaii; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Las Vegas, Nevada, were among the top five metro areas that could experience major job losses. Multiple cities in New Jersey, Georgia, and Texas made the top of the list.

With a large oil and gas industry, 42.5% of employees in Midland worked in one of the high-risk industries in 2019.

Atlantic City and Las Vegas both have large leisure and hospitality industries that could be negatively affected by businesses, hotels, and casinos closing during the outbreak.

The following 22 cities could see a large share of job losses. Each city on the list had more than 22% of employees working in one of the at-risk industries in 2019.


22. In Crestview, Florida, 22.3% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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24,910 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


21. In Honolulu, Hawaii, 22.9% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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107,701 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


20. In Casper, Wyoming, 23.1% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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8,953 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


18 (tie). In New Orleans, Louisiana, 23.3% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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127,618 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


18 (tie). In Daphne, Alabama, 23.3% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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17,606 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


17. In Farmington, New Mexico, 23.4% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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10,976 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


16. In Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 23.8% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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18,561 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


15. In Gulfport, Mississippi, 24.0% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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36,613 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


14. In East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, 24.6% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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14,026 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


13. In Savannah, Georgia, 24.7% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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43,660 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


12. In Brunswick, Georgia, 26.0% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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11,146 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


11. In Orlando, Florida, 27.3% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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342,495 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


10. In Flagstaff, Arizona, 27.5% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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17,288 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


9. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29.2% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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48,179 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


8. In Houma, Louisiana, 29.3% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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24,560 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


6 (tie). In Ocean City, New Jersey, 29.7% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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12,392 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


6 (tie). In Laredo, Texas, 29.7% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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30,500 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


5. In Odessa, Texas, 33.3% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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26,853 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


4. In Las Vegas, Nevada, 33.8% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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342,050 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


3. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, 34.2% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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44,227 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


2. In Kahului, Hawaii, 40.2% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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32,092 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.


1. In Midland, Texas, 42.5% of employees in 2019 worked in an industry that is considered at risk of employment because of the coronavirus.

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46,618 employees in this metro area worked in one of the industries at risk of job loss from the coronavirus.