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Forbes: America's Most Miserable Cities

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3. Rockford, Ill.

A three decade decline in the manufacturing base has hurt Rockford's economy and kept unemployment high. Job fairs like the above are busy servicing the city's 11.2% unemployed, which is one of the highest rates in the U.S. Another burden: high property tax rates.


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Full List: America’s Most Miserable Cities 2013
America’s Most Dangerous Cities
America’s Friendliest Towns

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