July 01, 2009
In May, 112 metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, up from 6 areas a year earlier.
El Centro, California, recorded the highest unemployment rate, 26.8 percent, followed by Yuma, Arizona, at 23.3 percent.
Among the 15 areas with jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, 7 were located in California, 3 were in Michigan, and 2 were in Indiana.
The national unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, was 9.1 percent in May.
The metropolitan area data are also not seasonally adjusted and are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. May 2009 metropolitan area unemployment rates are preliminary and subject to revision. Find out more in "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment: May 2009" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL 09-0741.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Metro areas with highest unemployment rates in May 2009 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2009/jun/wk5/art03.htm (visited November 24, 2015).
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