Ten U.S. Cities With Lowest Levels of Job Satisfaction, Including Denver

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Number 5: Richmond, Virginia

Number 4: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Number 3: Louisville, Kentucky

Number 2: Indianapolis, Indiana

Number 1: Denver, Colorado

Indeed blog excerpt:
Least Happy Major Metros in the US

For some, the top result may be surprising. After all, last year Forbes magazine ranked Denver as the best city to live for its “diverse economy, highly educated labor force and outdoor recreational opportunities.” And yet Denver has a higher concentration of disgruntled workers than troubled Detroit or Providence, capital of a state which as recently as 2014 had the country’s worst job market.

In fact, not only did Denver rank last among workers for overall job satisfaction, it also ranked last for management, work/life balance and job security. People in Pittsburgh are least satisfied with their work culture, while workers in Indianapolis are most unhappy when it comes to salary.

As with Germany and Japan, high levels of overall prosperity do not appear to correlate with higher levels of individual job satisfaction. Meanwhile, the unhappiest job in Denver (and third unhappiest in the US overall) is ”admission counselor,” whose role often involves delivering disappointing news to young people. Other professions we find at the bottom include truck driver and security officer, which is understandable, as these jobs have characteristics that might not appeal to everyone, including long periods of time spent alone on the road or patrolling.

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