Metropolitan area unemployment rates, May 2011
July 05, 2011
In May 2011, unemployment rates in the United States were lower than a year earlier in 274 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 85 areas, and unchanged in 13 areas.
In May, a total of 214 areas recorded unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 8.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted), 149 areas reported rates above it, and 9 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.
Ten areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent in May, while 17 areas registered rates of less than 5.0 percent.
Among the 10 areas with jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent in May, Yuma, Arizona, and El Centro, California, recorded the highest unemployment rates, 27.9 and 27.7 percent, respectively. All of the remaining eight areas with jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent were located in California.
Of the 17 areas with jobless rates of less than 5.0 percent in May, about half were located in the West North Central census division. Bismarck, North Dakota, registered the lowest unemployment rate, 2.9 percent. The areas with the next lowest rates were Fargo, North Dakota-Minnesota, and Lincoln, Nebraska, 3.5 and 3.7 percent, respectively.
The metropolitan area data are not seasonally adjusted and are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. May 2011 metropolitan area unemployment rates are preliminary and subject to revision. Find out more in "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment—May 2011" (PDF) (HTML), news release USDL-11-0961.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Metropolitan area unemployment rates, May 2011 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110705.htm (visited January 17, 2017).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
Workplace injuries and illnesses and employer costs for workers’ compensation
Workplace injury and illness data and the costs to employers for workers’ compensation in natural resources, construction, and maintenance occupations.
A look at the future of the U.S. labor force to 2060
Projected long-term trends in the growth, size, and composition of the labor force.
Union membership in the United States
Historical trends in union membership among employed wage and salary workers; union membership by a variety of demographic characteristics.
A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
Spending on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.
Self-employment in the United States
Trends in self-employment by various demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, including both the unincorporated and the incorporated self-employed, as well as data on paid employees who work for the self-employed.