El Centro, California Posted Unemployment Rate of 25.1% in January
Every month the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) releases a report called the “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary”.
The report breaks down unemployment rate trends for each of the 372 metropolitan areas in the United States.
According to the most recent report from the BLS (January 2011), 154 of the 372 metropolitan areas in the United States had a jobless rate of at least 10% in January.
Of these 154 metropolitan areas with jobless rates of at least 10% in January 2011, 16 posted an unemployment rate of over 15%.
These 16 metropolitan areas were:
Yuma, Arizona - 23.2%
Bakersfield-Delano, California - 16.9%
El Centro, California - 25.1%
Fresno, California - 18.2%
Hanford-Corcoran, California - 18.3%
Madera-Chowchilla, California - 16.6%
Merced, California - 21.2%
Modesto, California - 18.2%
Redding, California - 16.8%
Salinas, California - 17.0%
Stockton, California - 18.5%
Visalia-Porterville, California - 18.0%
Yuba City, California - 21%
Palm Coast, Florida - 16.0%
Ocean City, New Jersey - 17.6%
Bend, Oregon - 15.2%
As you can clearly see, most (all but four) of the cities on this list are located in California.
In case you were wondering - the metropolitan area with the lowest unemployment rate in January of 2011? Lincoln, Nebraska, which posted a jobless rate of just 4.1%.
Source: BLS.gov - Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary (January 2011)
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