You may not trust your employer. You might despise the toxic work environment you have to walk into everyday. Maybe, you just wish there was something you could do to get yourself a raise? Everybody has a reason to hate their job — though some are more justified in their wallowing than others. But when it comes to taking that wallowing online, and airing your grievances via social media for the whole world to see? It’s typically not a great idea.
That doesn’t stop millions of people from doing so, using social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to express just how much they hate their jobs. Interestingly enough, all of those posts about how much people hate — or in some cases, love — their jobs adds up to a huge amount of data. Data that can be sifted through to find different trends.
In this case, using tweets from people all across the country, we’re able to find out in which cities and states people absolutely despise their jobs. And, the inverse of that — where people actually love their work.
A new study from Hloom — the same team that figured out which resume lies are the most serious — took all of that data from Twitter to give us a visual on job hate and love nationwide. Hloom’s study, titled “Employment Enjoyment,” not only ranked the states in which people are the most miserable at work, but also which cities as well.
“Following a recent data scrape of the social media platform – scouring the site for phrases ranging from ‘I hate my job’ and ‘My job sucks’ to ‘I love my job’ – one thing is for sure: Employees can’t stop talking about their jobs, for better or for worse,” Hloom’s team writes.
Hloom also looked for terms related to job love, including phrases like “love my job,” “I love my boss,” and more. Interestingly, they also found that tweets related to both love and hate spike during the summer. Possibly due to the spike in summer and seasonal employment.
Of course, these are tweets we’re talking about, perhaps not the greatest way to measure levels of job dissatisfaction in the economy. But this study is revealing nonetheless. Read the full brief for more on the methodology, but here are the main findings.
Where people hate their jobs
First up, here’s the chart Hloom put together detailing which specific cities in which people like to air their dissatisfaction using Twitter:
So, Houston and Los Angeles — you take the cake.
“Houston and Los Angeles, California, were neck and neck – .35 and .34 hate-filled tweets per 100,000 residents respectively. The most common jobs in both Texas and California are in retail,” Hloom writes.
Which leads to this conclusion: “Retail is the main culprit in the remaining job-hating cities – Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Manhattan, New York.” The lesson? Stay out of retail, unless you want to lose your mind.
On a state-by-state basis, here’s Hloom’s map:
“According to Twitter, people detest their jobs the most in Ohio – nearly 14 angry tweets per 100,000 residents. Coming in second is Delaware, also in the double-digit spectrum, followed by Michigan, Texas, and Arizona, which each hover around 10 furious tweets per 100,000 residents,” Hloom says.
Again — all of these states have something in common (with the exception of Delaware): the most common jobs are all in the retail sector.
Where people love their jobs
Paradoxically, the cities where people hate their jobs, also seem to love them. Most notably? Houston, New York, and L.A. “How about that?” the Hloom team commented. “More people are tweeting positively about their jobs than negatively in all three cities – .70, .46, and .45 joy-filled tweets per 100,000 residents respectively, as opposed to .34, .17, and .35 angry tweets per 100,000 residents.”
Switching to the state-by-state analysis, we’re left with this map:
“Looking for happy workers? Head to Nevada, where job-loving tweets flutter in at more than 20 per 100,000 residents,” Hloom says. “Surprisingly, not far behind is Texas – a state that truly outdid itself in the job-hate category – at roughly 17 tweets per 100,000, followed by Ohio, Arizona, and Oregon, all still in the double digits of job-infatuated tweets.”
So, there you have it. These are the states and cities in which people hate and love their jobs, according to Twitter. But again, this is only according to Twitter — there are likely other places in which people are happy or disgruntled, but don’t post about it on the internet. Keep that in mind. But there is something to be said about these findings as well; and at the very least, be careful about what you say regarding your boss, company, or job on social media. It can come back to bite you.
You can read the entire “Employment Enjoyment” study on Hloom’s site.