Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment in large metropolitan areas, November 2009

January 13, 2010

Among the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan, reported the highest unemployment rate in November, 15.4 percent.

Large metropolitan areas with the highest unemployment rates, November 2009
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The large area with the next highest rate was Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, 14.2 percent. An additional 15 large areas posted rates of 10.0 percent or more.

The large areas with the lowest jobless rates in November were New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana, and Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Virginia-Maryland-West Virginia, 6.1 percent each, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 6.4 percent.

All 49 large areas registered over-the-year unemployment rate increases of a full percentage point or more. Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan, had the largest jobless rate increase from a year earlier (+5.6 percentage points). The next largest rate increases occurred in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (+4.7 percentage points), and Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California (+4.5 points).

The metropolitan area data are not seasonally adjusted and are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. November 2009 metropolitan area unemployment rates are preliminary and subject to revision. Find out more in "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment: November 2009" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL-09-1582.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Unemployment in large metropolitan areas, November 2009 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2010/ted_20100113.htm (visited January 21, 2022).

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