Do you work in misery? If you work in Rockford, you do! Rockford came in at #5 on the list of U.S. cities with the most miserable workers.

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Recently the Gallup organization polled hundreds of thousands of Americans in 189 metropolitan areas in the U.S. The survey was based on four indicators:

A: Job satisfaction
B: Whether employees felt they used their strengths at work
C: How employees were treated by their supervisors
D: Whether supervisors created an open and trusting work environment.

According to, workers in Rockford metro area rated their supervisors’ ability to create a trusting environment one of worst in the USA. Just 72 percent reported a trusting and open workplace, less than in all but two other metro areas. Also, less than half of all Rockfordians said they felt like they were treated like a partner at work.

Of course, the job market is still very weak in Rockford. Our unemployment rate of 11.5 percent (as of December 2013) remains of the worst nationwide.

Here's your Top 5 Most Miserable Cities:

#5 Rockford, IL
#4 New Haven, CT
#3 Beaumont, TX
#2 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY
#1 Fayetteville, NC

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