Unemployment in metropolitan areas, February 2011
April 11, 2011
In February 2011, El Centro, California, recorded the highest unemployment rate (26.9 percent) among all U.S. metropolitan areas. Among the metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, the highest unemployment rates in February were registered in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (13.9 percent), and Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada (13.7 percent). Fifteen additional large areas posted rates of 10.0 percent or more.
Lincoln, Nebraska, registered the lowest unemployment rate (4.2 percent). Bismarck, North Dakota, had the next-lowest rate (4.6 percent), followed by Ames, Iowa; Fargo, North Dakota-Minnesota; and Iowa City, Iowa, at 4.7 percent each. All of these areas are located in the West North Central census division.
The lowest jobless rates among the large areas were recorded in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va., and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 5.9 and 6.2 percent, respectively.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. The data for February 2011 are preliminary and subject to revision. The data are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment – February 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0461.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in metropolitan areas, February 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110411.htm (visited May 24, 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.