The Most Miserable Cities In America

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Combine high unemployment, a stagnant economy and basement-level housing prices, and what have you got?The most miserable cities in America, according to Brookings, of course! The think tank combined every major U.S. city’s unemployment rate, level of employment, gross metropolitan product and housing prices to create an index of utter wretchedness.

Nationwide economic progress in the second quarter was “uneven and unsure” and some by measures we’re back in recession. The worst cities are clustered in former housing bubble areas like Florida and California.

#20 New Orleans

Unemployment: up 3.2%

Employment: down 14.7%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 13.7%

Home prices: down 19.5%

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

#19 Orlando

Unemployment: up 4.8%

Employment: down 7.2%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 2.6%

Home prices: down 52.5%

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

#18 San Francisco

Unemployment: up 4.4%

Employment: down 7.4%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 6.1%

Home prices: down 38.6%

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

#17 Los Angeles

Unemployment: up 4.8%

Employment: down 8.5%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 3.1%

Home prices: down 40.8%

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

#16 Lakeland, Florida

Unemployment: down 5.4% since 2008

Employment: down 8.7%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 2.1%

Home prices: down 50%

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 Modesto, California

Unemployment: up 6.7%

Employment: down 8.4%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 0.8%

Home prices: down 65%

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 Bakersfield, California

Unemployment: up 6.1%

Employment: down 6.6%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 5.0%

Home prices: down 56.8%

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

#13 Boise, Idaho

Unemployment: up 5.2%

Employment: down 8.9%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 5.1%

Home prices: down 46.6%

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

#12 Detroit

Unemployment: up 3.7%

Employment: down 15.0%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 13.3%

Home prices: down 46.8%

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

#11 Phoenix

Unemployment: up 3.8%

Employment: down 11.3%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 7.3%

Home prices: down 56.5%

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

#10 Tampa, Florida

Unemployment: up 4.8%

Employment: down 9.9%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 6.6%

Home prices: down 48.1%

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

#9 Fresno, California

Unemployment: up 7.2%

Employment: down 8.9%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 3.5%

Home prices: down 53.2%

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

#8 Miami

Unemployment: up 5.8%

Employment: down 8.9%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 6.2%

Home prices: down 52.5%

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

#7 Palm Bay, Florida

Unemployment: up 5.2%

Employment: down 12.3%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 5.0%

Home prices: down 55.3%

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

#6 Sarasota, Florida

Unemployment: up 4.2%

Employment: down 15.3%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 9.1%

Home prices: down 55.4%

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

#5 Cape Coral, Florida

Unemployment: up 3.9%

Employment: down 16.9%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 15.5%

Home prices: down 59.5%

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

#4 Stockton, California

Unemployment: up 7.2%

Employment: down 10.4%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 4.9%

Home prices: down 63.9%

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

#3 Sacramento

Unemployment: up 5.6%

Employment: down 11.2%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 7.3%

Home prices: down 53.4%

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

#2 Riverside, California

Unemployment: up 6.2%

Employment: down 12.7%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 7.3%

Home prices: down 54.6%

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 Las Vegas

Unemployment: up 7.5%

Employment: down 13.4%

Gross Metropolitan Product: down 12.8%

Home prices: down 64.5%

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

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