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 https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110411.htm (visited January 26, 2020).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
- A look at employment and wages in U.S. establishments with foreign ownership
Examines employment and wages in U.S. establishments that have at least one foreign owner with at least 10 percent ownership.
- 25 years of Worker Injury, Illness, and Fatality Case Data
Examines detailed historical data on work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries.
- Occupational employment projections through the perspective of education and training
Examines employment, projected employment growth, and wages for occupations with different education and training requirements.
- Workers in Alternative Employment Arrangements
A look at independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary help agency workers, and workers provided by contract firms.