January 15, 2012

What is the Unemployment Rate in Your City?

Just recently the national unemployment rate dropped down to 8.5%.   However the national employment rate is just the nation wide average.   Unemployment may be far higher or lower in your city.    The unemployment rate is as low as 2.8% in parts of North Dakota and as high as 27% in El Centro California.  

The BLS published the unemployment rates for major metropolitian areas as of Nov. 2011.   Note that the data is not seasonally adjusted.

Here is a sample of the unemployment rates for various metropolitan areas across the USA.


1 Bismarck, ND  2.8%
8 Logan, UT-ID  3.9
14 Rochester, MN  4.2
23 Morgantown, WV  4.9
34 Ann Arbor, MI  5.2
52 Honolulu, HI  5.7
72 Abilene, TX  6.2
76 Fairbanks, AK  6.3
96 Baton Rouge, LA  6.6
96 Topeka, KS  6.6
130 Lewiston, ID-WA  7
143 Warner Robins, GA  7.2
176 Olympia, WA  7.5
198 Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN  7.8
219 Spokane, WA  8.1
236 New Haven, CT  8.3
253 Napa, CA  8.6
266 Winston-Salem, NC  8.9
286 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL  9.4
307 Decatur, IL  9.9
320 Waterbury, CT  10.2
334 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA  10.7
349 Dalton, GA  11.8
366 Stockton, CA 15.5
371 Yuma, AZ  23.7

The full list on the BLS site has a total of 371 metropolitan areas so you can visit the BLS link to see the full list.
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