Metro areas with highest unemployment rates in May 2009
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 August 29, 2015).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.