Metropolitan area unemployment in March 2011

April 29, 2011

In March 2011, a total of 219 areas recorded unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 9.2 percent, 150 areas reported rates above it, and 3 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

Metropolitan area unemployment rates compared to U.S. unemployment rate of 9.2 percent , not seasonally adjusted, March 2011
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In March 2011, a total of 14 out of 372 metropolitan areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent. A total of 112 metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, while 8 areas registered rates of less than 5.0 percent.

Metropolitan areas with unemployment rates of at least 15 percent, not seasonally adjusted, March 2011
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Among the 14 areas with jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent in March 2011, 12 were located in California. El Centro, California recorded the highest unemployment rate, 24.6 percent; three other areas had rates above 20.0 percent.

These metropolitan area data are not seasonally adjusted and are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. March 2011 metropolitan area unemployment rates are preliminary and subject to revision. Find out more in "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — March 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-0585.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Metropolitan area unemployment in March 2011 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110429.htm (visited September 28, 2016).

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