The Most Miserable Cities In America

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After a few hard years for America, the most miserable cities are still the places that suffered the biggest housing crash.We evaluated cities using several indicators in the new third quarter MetroMonitor from the Brookings Institute. Las Vegas emerges as the most miserable, with 13.6% unemployment, employment down 13.4%, home prices down 64.8% gross metro product down 12.7%.

Parts of Florida, California and Arizona follow close behind, along with cities in the devastated Rust Belt.

#20 Toledo, Ohio

  • Unemployment rate of 9.2%
  • Employment down 9.42% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 6.16% from peak
  • Home prices down 28.2% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#19 Atlanta

  • Unemployment rate of 10.2%
  • Employment down 8.83% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 2.68% from peak
  • Home prices down 29.63% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#18 Orlando

  • Unemployment rate of %10.2
  • Employment down %7.56 from peak
  • Gross metro product down %1.96 from peak
  • Home prices down %52.51 from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#17 Jacksonville, Florida

  • Unemployment rate of 10%
  • Employment down 8.21% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 2.72% from peak
  • Home prices down 41.72% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#16 Phoenix

  • Unemployment rate of 8.0%
  • Employment down 10.8% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 7.29% from peak
  • Home prices down 55.6% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#15 Los Angeles

  • Unemployment rate of 11.3%
  • Employment down 8.43% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 2.55% from peak
  • Home prices down 40.68% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#14 Bakersfield, California

  • Unemployment rate of 11.3%
  • Employment down 5.95% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 4.39% from peak
  • Home prices down 56.66% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#13 Lakeland, Florida

  • Unemployment rate of 12.0%
  • Employment down 8.9% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 1.7% from peak
  • Home prices down 49.1% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#12 Modesto, California

  • Unemployment rate of 15.0%
  • Employment down 8.5% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 0.05% from peak
  • Home prices down 65.3% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#11 Miami

  • Unemployment rate of 10.7%
  • Employment down 8.7% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 6.0% from peak
  • Home prices down 51.7% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#10 Tampa, Florida

  • Unemployment rate of 10.8%
  • Employment down 9.02% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 6.39% from peak
  • Home prices down 47.7% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#9 Fresno, California

  • Unemployment rate of 14.9%
  • Employment down 9.5% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 3.1% from peak
  • Home prices down 53.7% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#8 Palm Bay, Florida

  • Unemployment rate of 11.6%
  • Employment down 13.1% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 4.4% from peak
  • Home prices down 55.3% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#7 Sacramento

  • Unemployment rate of 11.4%
  • Employment down 10.6% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 6.9% from peak
  • Home prices down 53.3% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#6 Stockton, California

  • Unemployment rate of 15.3%
  • Employment down 9.8% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 4.4% from peak
  • Home prices down 64.0% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#5 Detroit

  • Unemployment rate of 11.7%
  • Employment down 14.1 from peak
  • Gross metro product down 12.3% from peak
  • Home prices down 45.4% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#4 Riverside, California

  • Unemployment rate of 13.5%
  • Employment down 11.7% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 6.6% from peak
  • Home prices down 54.6% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#3 North Port, Florida

  • Unemployment rate of 11.0%
  • Employment down 15.3% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 8.7% from peak
  • Home prices down 54.3% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#2 Cape Coral, Florida

  • Unemployment rate of 11.3%
  • Employment down 16.0% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 15.6% from peak
  • Home prices down 59.9% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

#1 Las Vegas

  • Unemployment rate of 13.6%
  • Employment down 13.4% from peak
  • Gross metro product down 12.7% from peak
  • Home prices down 64.8% from peak

Third quarter data provided by the Brookings MetroMonitor.

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