The Least Miserable Cities In America

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Even the strongest American cities are suffering right now.Take Buffalo, the strongest metro economy through the recession according to the latest report from Brookings. This “winner” has seen unemployment rise 2.2% since 2008, with employment down 2.1% and home prices down 7.9% from their peak.

Yesterday we showed you the most miserable cities in America. Now check out the least.

#20 El Paso, Texas

Unemployment: up 4.3%

Employment: up 2.3%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 3.4%

Home prices: down 13.6%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#19 Houston

Unemployment: up 3.9%

Employment: down 0.7%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 3.3%

Home prices: down 12.8%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#18 Washington D.C.

Unemployment: up 3.5%

Employment: down 1.1%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 11.5%

Home prices: down 21.4%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#17 Boston

Unemployment: up 2.1%

Employment: down 2.0%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 3.3%

Home prices: down 26.0%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#16 Hartford, Connecticut

Unemployment: up 3.5%

Employment: down 1.0%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 11.5%

Home prices: down 21.4%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#15 Honolulu

Unemployment: up 1.3%

Employment: down 3.6%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 1.3%

Home prices: down 17.1%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#14 Little Rock, Arkansas

Unemployment: up 3.0%

Employment: down 2.6%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 1.9%

Home prices: down 12.1%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#13 Dallas

Unemployment: up 3.6%

Employment: down 1.6%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 4.9%

Home prices: down 13.5%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#12 Nashville, Tennessee

Unemployment: up 3.0%

Employment: down 3.4%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 5.4%

Home prices: down 15.6%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#11 Knoxville, Tennessee

Unemployment: up 2.7%

Employment: down 3.2%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 3.7%

Home prices: down 14.8%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#10 San Antonio, Texas

Unemployment: up 3.2%

Employment: up 0.2%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 2.9%

Home prices: down 11.9%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#9 Albany, New York

Unemployment: up 5.3%

Employment: down 4.4%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 2.4%

Home prices: down 13.1%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#8 Oklahoma City

Unemployment: up 1.7%

Employment: down 1.9%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 0.4%

Home prices: down 10.6%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#7 Syracuse, New York

Unemployment: up 2.8%

Employment: down 3.1%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 3.9%

Home prices: down 9.9%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#6 Omaha, Nebraska

Unemployment: up 1.6%

Employment: down 1.6%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 3.6%

Home prices: down 16.3%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#5 Madison, Wisconsin

Unemployment: up 2.2%

Employment: down 0.7%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 4.3%

Home prices: down 16.7%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#4 Austin

Unemployment: up 3.1%

Employment: up 0.4%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 5.2%

Home prices: down 12.0%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.


#3 Rochester, New York

Unemployment: up 2.2%

Employment: down 0.8%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 3.1%

Home prices: down 10.2%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#2 Pittsburgh

Unemployment: up 2.3%

Employment: down 1.2%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 3.9%

Home prices: down 8.6%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

#1 Buffalo, New York

Unemployment: up 2.2%

Employment: down 2.1%

Gross Metropolitan Product: up 6.7%

Home prices: down 7.9%

Employment, GMP and home prices measured from peak through Q2 2011. Unemployment measured from Q2 2008 through Q2 2011. Data provided by Brookings MetroMonitor.

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