The Most Unemployed Cities In America

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At the end of 2012, the U.S. national unemployment rate was 7.8 per cent and the country added 155,000 jobs in December, but these numbers still reflect a troubling economy with a long way to go. “This shows the depth of the recent employment recession — worse than any other post-war recession — and the relatively slow recovery due to the lingering effects of the housing bust and financial crisis,” writes Bill McBride of Calculated Risk.

According to a brand new BLS employment report, unemployment rates were lower in 322 out of 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 36 areas and unchanged in 14 areas compared to the same time last year.

Yuma, Ariz. and El Centro, Calif. recorded the highest unemployment rates at 27.5 and 26.6 per cent — both cities have a large immigrant and migrant farm worker population. 

The largest unemployment rate drop (-3.2 per cent) took place in Pascagoula, Miss., and Bismarck, N.D. registered the lowest unemployment rate at 2.6 per cent.

In the new year, President Obama is planning on creating 1.1 million jobs from the American Job Acts, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

The BLS’ data isn’t adjusted for seasonal factors, such as hiring during the holidays.

Mobile, Alabama

Mobile

per cent unemployed:
7.5%

No. unemployed:
14,400

Alabama

per cent unemployed:
6.7%

No. unemployed:
145,000

Source: BLS

Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks

per cent unemployed:
5.7%

No. unemployed:
2,700

Alaska

per cent unemployed:
6.6%

No. unemployed:
23,600

NOTE: Most of Alaska's unemployed live outside of cities.

Source: BLS

Yuma, Arizona

Yuma

per cent unemployed:
27.5%

No. unemployed:
24,800

Arizona

per cent unemployed:
7.5%

No. unemployed:
227,600

Source: BLS

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Pine Bluff

per cent unemployed:
8.3%

No. unemployed:
3,600

Arkansas

per cent unemployed:
6.5%

No. unemployed:
87,400

Source: BLS

El Centro, California

El Centro

per cent unemployed:
26.6%

No. unemployed:
20,600

California

per cent unemployed:
9.6%

No. unemployed:
1.77 million

Source: BLS

Pueblo, Colorado

Pueblo

per cent unemployed:
10.1%

No. unemployed:
7,700

Colorado

per cent unemployed:
7.5%

No. unemployed:
204,300

Source: BLS

Waterbury, Connecticut

Waterbury

per cent unemployed:
10.7%

No. unemployed:
10,900

Connecticut

per cent unemployed:
8.3%

No. unemployed:
154,700

Source: BLS

Dover, Delaware

Dover

per cent unemployed:
6.6%

No. unemployed:
4,900

Delaware

per cent unemployed:
6.2%

No. unemployed:
27,600

Source: BLS

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria*

per cent unemployed:
5.0%

No. unemployed:
162,400

District of Columbia

per cent unemployed:
8.2%

No. unemployed:
30,000

*Note: This metro area includes cities that aren't in the District of Columbia

Source: BLS

Palm Coast, Florida

Palm Coast

per cent unemployed:
11.4%

No. unemployed:
3,900

Florida

per cent unemployed:
7.9%

No. unemployed:
739,100

Source: BLS

Dalton, Georgia

Dalton

per cent unemployed:
11.0%

No. unemployed:
6,400

Georgia

per cent unemployed:
8.3%

No. unemployed:
399,900

Source: BLS

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu

per cent unemployed:
4.8%

No. unemployed:
21,600

Hawaii

per cent unemployed:
5.3%

No. unemployed:
34,400

Source: BLS

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Coeur d'Alene

per cent unemployed:
7.7%

No. unemployed:
5,600

Idaho

per cent unemployed:
6.6%

No. unemployed:
50,700

Source: BLS

Rockford, Illinois

Rockford

per cent unemployed:
10.5%

No. unemployed:
17,700

Illinois

per cent unemployed:
8.2%

No. unemployed:
545,600

Source: BLS

Terre Haute, Indiana

Terre Haute

per cent unemployed:
9.8%

No. unemployed:
7,800

Indiana

per cent unemployed:
8%

No. unemployed:
251,600

Source: BLS

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids

per cent unemployed:
4.8%

No. unemployed:
6,800

Iowa

per cent unemployed:
4.5%

No. unemployed:
74,500

Source: BLS

Topeka, Kansas

Topeka

per cent unemployed:
6.1%

No. unemployed:
7,200

Kansas

per cent unemployed:
5.2%

No. unemployed:
77,400

Source: BLS

Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky

Louisville-Jefferson County

per cent unemployed:
7.4%

No. unemployed:
47,300

Kentucky

per cent unemployed:
7.6%

No. unemployed:
157,800

Source: BLS

Monroe, Louisiana

Monroe

per cent unemployed:
4.9%

No. unemployed:
4,000

Louisiana

per cent unemployed:
4.6%

No. unemployed:
95,600

Source: BLS

Lewiston-Auburn, Maine

Lewiston-Auburn

per cent unemployed:
6.7%

No. unemployed:
3,900

Maine

per cent unemployed:
7.0%

No. unemployed:
49,100

Source: BLS

Salisbury, Maryland

Salisbury

per cent unemployed:
8.6%

No. unemployed:
5,400

Maryland

per cent unemployed:
6.4%

No. unemployed:
199,600

Source: BLS

New Bedford, Massachusetts

New Bedford

per cent unemployed:
9.5%

No. unemployed:
8,200

Massachusetts

per cent unemployed:
6.1%

No. unemployed:
212,200

Source: BLS

Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan

Detroit-Warren-Livonia

per cent unemployed:
9.7%

No. unemployed:
192,900

Michigan

per cent unemployed:
7.9%

No. unemployed:
363,600

Source: BLS

Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth

per cent unemployed:
6.7%

No. unemployed:
9,600

Minnesota

per cent unemployed:
5.6%

No. unemployed:
168,300

Source: BLS

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Pascagoula

per cent unemployed:
8.5%

No. unemployed:
6,300

Mississippi

per cent unemployed:
8.5%

No. unemployed:
113,100

Source: BLS

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis

per cent unemployed:
7.8%

No. unemployed:
111,300

Missouri

per cent unemployed:
7.1%

No. unemployed:
213,300

Source: BLS

Missoula, Montana

Missoula

per cent unemployed:
5.5%

No. unemployed:
3,200

Montana

per cent unemployed:
5.7%

No. unemployed:
29,300

Source: BLS

Omaha-Council Bluffs, Nebraska

Omaha-Council Bluffs

per cent unemployed:
4.2%

No. unemployed:
19,900

Nebraska

per cent unemployed:
3.8%

No. unemployed:
38,500

Source: BLS

Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada

Las Vegas-Paradise

per cent unemployed:
10.4%

No. unemployed:
101,300

Nevada

per cent unemployed:
10.2%

No. unemployed:
138,500

Source: BLS

Manchester, New Hampshire

Manchester

per cent unemployed:
5.4%

No. unemployed:
5,700

New Hampshire

per cent unemployed:
5.4%

No. unemployed:
39,500

Source: BLS

Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, New Jersey

Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton

per cent unemployed:
12.9%

No. unemployed:
9,200

New Jersey

per cent unemployed:
9.3%

No. unemployed:
429,000

Source: BLS

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque

per cent unemployed:
6.3%

No. unemployed:
25,000

New Mexico

per cent unemployed:
6.0%

No. unemployed:
55,900

Source: BLS

New York City, New York

New York City

per cent unemployed:
8.7%

No. unemployed:
342,600

New York

per cent unemployed:
7.9%

No. unemployed:
756,200

Source: BLS

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Rocky Mount

per cent unemployed:
11.7%

No. unemployed:
8,700

North Carolina

per cent unemployed:
9.0%

No. unemployed:
424,900

Source: BLS

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Grand Forks

per cent unemployed:
3.4%

No. unemployed:
1,800

North Dakota

per cent unemployed:
2.8%

No. unemployed:
10,600

Source: BLS

Steubenville-Weirton, Ohio

Steubenville-Weirton

per cent unemployed:
9.6%

No. unemployed:
5,200

Ohio

per cent unemployed:
6.5%

No. unemployed:
373,900

Source: BLS

Lawton, Oklahoma

Lawton

per cent unemployed:
6.4%

No. unemployed:
3,000

Oklahoma

per cent unemployed:
4.8%

No. unemployed:
87,500

Source: BLS

Bend, Oregon

Bend

per cent unemployed:
10.4%

No. unemployed:
8,100

Oregon

per cent unemployed:
8.1%

No. unemployed:
159,700

Source: BLS

Scranton—Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre

per cent unemployed:
8.6%

No. unemployed:
25,100

Pennsylvania

per cent unemployed:
7.3%

No. unemployed:
474,000

Source: BLS

Providence-Fall River-Warwick, Rhode Island

Providence-Fall River-Warwick

per cent unemployed:
9.9%

No. unemployed:
69,100

Rhode Island

per cent unemployed:
10.0%

No. unemployed:
56,400

*Note: This metro area includes cities that aren't in Rhode Island

Source: BLS

Sumter, South Carolina

Sumter

per cent unemployed:
9.7%

No. unemployed:
4,300

South Carolina

per cent unemployed:
8.3%

No. unemployed:
176,800

Source: BLS

Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City

per cent unemployed:
4.4%

No. unemployed:
2,900

South Dakota

per cent unemployed:
4.1%

No. unemployed:
18,500

Source: BLS

Morristown, Tennessee

Morristown

per cent unemployed:
8.5%

No. unemployed:
5,200

Tennessee

per cent unemployed:
6.9%

No. unemployed:
213,400

Source: BLS

Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas

Brownsville-Harlingen

per cent unemployed:
9.7%

No. unemployed:
15,200

Texas

per cent unemployed:
5.8%

No. unemployed:
737,500

Source: BLS

St. George, Utah

St. George

per cent unemployed:
6.2%

No. unemployed:
3,500

Utah

per cent unemployed:
4.9%

No. unemployed:
67,300

Source: BLS

Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont

Burlington-South Burlington

per cent unemployed:
3.7%

No. unemployed:
4,300

Vermont

per cent unemployed:
4.6%

No. unemployed:
16,300

Source: BLS

Danville, Virginia

Danville

per cent unemployed:
7.7%

No. unemployed:
4,000

Virginia

per cent unemployed:
5.3%

No. unemployed:
228,200

Source: BLS

Longview, Washington

Longview

per cent unemployed:
9.9%

No. unemployed:
4,200

Washington

per cent unemployed:
7.3%

No. unemployed:
253,600

Source: BLS

Wheeling, West Virginia

Wheeling

per cent unemployed:
7.0%

No. unemployed:
4,700

West Virginia

per cent unemployed:
6.7%

No. unemployed:
53,100

Source: BLS

Racine, Wisconsin

Racine

per cent unemployed:
7.9%

No. unemployed:
7,800

Wisconsin

per cent unemployed:
6.3%

No. unemployed:
191,700

Source: BLS

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne

per cent unemployed:
5.5%

No. unemployed:
2,500

Wyoming

per cent unemployed:
5.1%

No. unemployed:
15,400

Source: BLS

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