OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The city of Oakland is one of the most miserable places in the nation to work, according to a study released Friday by a public relations firm.

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Aerial view toward Lake Merritt in Oakland. (James A. Sugar via Getty Images)

Oakland came in second to last on a list of 50 cities ranked by how happy their employees are. The only place home to unhappier workers is New York City, according to the list compiled by workplace insight platform kununu.

Miami, Florida, has the happiest employees in the nation, according to the data.

The only Bay Area city to crack the top 10 happiest cities for workers was San Jose, the center of Silicon Valley and one of the richest cities in the world. Oakland was the only Bay Area city in the bottom 10.

Kununu compiled the data from more than 87,000 employee reviews between November 2017 and November 2018.

Employees used a scale of 1 to 5 to rate how happy they were with their employers, how they got along with their coworkers and how good their company culture was, among other things.

“Our data highlights the overall temperature of the workforce within a city and suggests that the location you are based can have a significant impact on how you perceive happiness,” kununu spokesperson Johannes Pruller said in a statement.


1. Miami
2. Los Angeles
3. Raleigh, NC
4. Louisville, KY
5. Omaha, NE
6. San Jose
7. Sacramento
8. Oklahoma City
9. Seattle
10. Fresno


50. New York
49. Oakland
48. Memphis, TN
47. Houston
46. Dallas
45. El Paso, TX
44. Colorado Springs
43. Milwaukee, WI
42. Albuquerque, NM
41. Charlotte, NC

Source: kununu.com

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