You'll Never Work in This Town Again

Steve Forbes
Steve Forbes
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Theory: Someone big and powerful at Forbes magazine -- maybe Steve Forbes himself? -- is feuding with some other big and powerful person who has condos to sell in Palm Beach County. And that is why Forbes magazine is beating the local economy to death with its vicious lists. At least that explanation sits better with us then accepting that the Sixth Worst City to Get a Job in America is West Palm Beach - Boca Raton - Boynton Beach. See? The list says "city" singular and yet Forbes arbitrarily combines three cities in Palm Beach County just so it can qualify. Smear job.

Oh, and this comes after declaring West Palm the 13th most dangerous big city to live.  The other South Florida city on the list: Miami at No. 3.

No snickering, Broward County. Though Fort Lauderdale doesn't appear on lists, it got honorable mention in the main article, spared from shame only by a sliver of hope that it may recover:

Meanwhile, cities with formerly robust economies -- like Reno, Nev., Las Vegas, Orlando, Fla., Tampa, Fla., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., West Palm Beach, Fla., Jacksonville, Fla., and Phoenix -- are more likely to rebound. These areas topped our list for much of the 2000s; their success was driven first by surging population and job growth and later by escalating housing prices.

But the collapse of the housing bubble and a drop in large-scale migration from other regions has weakened, often dramatically, these perennial successes.

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