US Metro Areas with Highest Jobless Rates

Unemployment rates were higher in May, the DOL reported. 112 metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10%, up from 6 areas a year earlier, while fifteen areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15%.

The highest unemployment rates in May 2009 were recorded in El Centro, Calif., posting a jobless rate of 26.8%, followed by Yuma, Ariz., at 23.3%.

Among the 15 areas with jobless rates of at least 15%, 7 were located in California, 3 were in Michigan, and 2 were in Indiana.

Graph: BLS

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