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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cities With The Highest and Lowest Unemployment Rates


To some in the U.S., it might seem like the recession is over. But for many others, no way!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall unemployment in the U.S. remains at 6.3 percent. But if you live in Yuma, Arizona, or El Centro, California, unemployment rates there are 23.8 percent and 21.6 percent respectively.

Cities with the highest unemployment rates:
  • Yuma, Arizona - 23.8 percent
  • El Centro, California - 21.6 percent
  • Merced, California - 14.3 percent
  • Yuba City, California - 14.5 percent
  • Hanford, California - 13.1 percent
  • Visalia, California - 13.4 percent
  • Decatur, Illinois - 9.1 percent
  • Danville, Illinois - 8.9 percent
  • Rockford, Illinois - 9.2 percent
  • Detroit, Michigan - 7.9 percent
  • Flint, Michigan - 7.8 percent
  • Bay City, Michigan - 7.7 percent

Keep in mind, the national average is 6.3 percent. Now, here are the cities with unemployment rates below the national average:
  • Provo, Utah - 3 percent
  • Midland, Texas - 3.2 percent
  • Odessa, Texas - 3.9 percent
  • Bismarck, North Dakota - 2.6 percent
  • Lincoln, Nebraska - 2.9 percent
  • Des Moines, Iowa - 3.9 percent
  • Billings, Montana - 3.3 percent
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