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Central Valley worst place to look for a job, report says

January 25, 2012 |  9:26 am

Looking for a job? You might want to steer clear of the Central Valley.

A new study by U.S. News and World Report says it's the worst place to look for a job.

Merced topped the list with the most dismal job prospects, followed closely by Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, Visalia and Bakersfield.

"Well, they're not telling us anything we don't already know here," said Bill Bassitt, CEO of StanWorks.

The triple whammy of the mortgage crisis, a typically unemployment-heavy agriculture industry and a construction industry that has vanished into thin air will likely force the economies of the Central Valley to make a permanent shift, according to Bassitt.

"The manufacturing jobs will kind of level themselves out, with other kinds of jobs. We're very high on other people's lists for logistics and warehousing because of our location here," Bassitt said.

The Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area ranked ninth, giving California the dubious distinction of having seven of the 10 spots on the list.

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-- Andria Borba, Fox 40 Sacramento

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