Posted Wednesday, September 02 2009
The BLS reported the July 2009 unemployment rate data for metropolitan areas yesterday. There is now an unemployment by city/metro table in place that shows the current month snapshot. I'll add table sorting shortly. There is also the equivalent page for state level unemployment. For a few short days all unemployment data is up to date through July 2009. On Friday the BLS releases the national data for August and the update cycle begins again.
A quick look at some of the local unemployment rates show California and Michigan each taking 4 spots in the 10 worst metros. El Centro, CA had the worst unemployment in the nation in July with a 30.2% rate. Detroit, MI was the worst big city with a 17.7% unemployment rate. Bismarck, ND had the lowest unemployment rate in July. In fact, all of the top 5 cities were in either North Dakota or South Dakota.