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The 5 worst cities for small-business owners

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The worst cities for small-business owners

While small-business confidence rebounded in July from a 15-month low, there are still some U.S. cities where it is difficult for entrepreneurial businesses to grow.

Every year, Thumbtack ranks the U.S. cities that are the friendliest for small businesses. That means it also ends up ranking the worst cities in the U.S. when it comes to small-business climate.

In all, 95 U.S. cities are ranked on 11 metrics, including training and network programs, ease of hiring and overall regulations. Nearly 18,000 small businesses across the U.S. were surveyed for this year's just-released study.

Read on for the U.S. cities that have the dubious distinction of making the bottom five in the Thumbtack ranking for 2015.

—By CNBC's Sarah Whitten
Posted 19 Aug. 2015

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