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12 metro areas had unemployment rates of 10 percent or higher in November 2020

January 11, 2021

In November 2020, 12 metro areas had unemployment rates of 10 percent or higher. El Centro, California, and Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii, had the highest unemployment rates, 16.4 percent and 16.0 percent, respectively. Ames, Iowa, had the lowest unemployment rate, 2.0 percent. A total of 272 areas had jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 6.4 percent, 110 areas had rates above it, and 7 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

Unemployment rate and number of unemployed people in metropolitan areas, November 2020
Metropolitan area Unemployment rate Number of unemployed people

El Centro, CA

16.4% 10,723

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

16.0 13,192

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

15.2 18,212

Yuma, AZ

14.0 13,672

Ocean City, NJ

13.7 5,814

Odessa, TX

13.1 11,432

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

12.5 44,984

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

11.8 20,592

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

11.5 127,969

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

11.2 18,707

Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

11.2 7,385

Corpus Christi, TX

10.0 20,200

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

9.8 58,486

Visalia-Porterville, CA

9.8 18,752

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

9.6 629,073

Flagstaff, AZ

9.6 6,636

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

9.5 916,650

Bakersfield, CA

9.4 35,031

Lake Charles, LA

9.4 9,633

El Paso, TX

9.3 34,695

Midland, TX

9.3 9,789

Hammond, LA

9.3 5,182

Waterbury, CT

9.2 10,035

Laredo, TX

9.1 10,705

Stockton-Lodi, CA

9.0 28,984

Merced, CA

9.0 10,118

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

8.9 309,221

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

8.9 192,413

Longview, TX

8.9 8,696

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

8.9 4,841

Victoria, TX

8.9 4,048

Urban Honolulu, HI

8.8 39,631

Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI

8.7 11,956

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

8.7 7,505

Fresno, CA

8.6 37,764

Yuba City, CA

8.6 5,985

Fayetteville, NC

8.4 12,038

Farmington, NM

8.4 4,191

Modesto, CA

8.3 19,433

Pueblo, CO

8.3 6,471

Rocky Mount, NC

8.3 5,242

Trenton, NJ

8.2 17,011

Madera, CA

8.1 4,843

Pine Bluff, AR

8.1 2,695

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

8.0 36,085

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

7.9 163,309

Anchorage, AK

7.8 15,840

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

7.8 14,726

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

7.7 101,310

Salinas, CA

7.7 14,455

Yakima, WA

7.7 10,033

Decatur, IL

7.7 3,576

Tucson, AZ

7.6 38,083

East Stroudsburg, PA

7.6 5,888

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

7.6 4,632

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

7.5 47,271

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA

7.5 15,341

New Haven, CT

7.4 24,395

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

7.4 22,797

Killeen-Temple, TX

7.4 13,120

Longview, WA

7.4 3,534

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

7.3 89,224

Wichita Falls, TX

7.3 4,738

Hot Springs, AR

7.3 2,974

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

7.2 184,712

Wichita, KS

7.2 23,429

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

7.2 18,824

Lafayette, LA

7.2 15,354

San Angelo, TX

7.2 3,850

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

7.1 289,682

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

7.1 217,114

Baton Rouge, LA

7.1 29,771

Rockford, IL

7.1 10,989

Tyler, TX

7.1 7,732

Las Cruces, NM

7.1 6,564

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

7.0 322,567

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

7.0 214,159

Springfield, MA-CT

7.0 24,484

Bellingham, WA

7.0 8,133

New Bedford, MA

7.0 5,692

Casper, WY

7.0 2,805

Greensboro-High Point, NC

6.9 24,869

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

6.9 15,316

Erie, PA

6.9 8,450

Leominster-Gardner, MA

6.9 5,196

Texarkana, TX-AR

6.9 4,513

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

6.9 3,288

Homosassa Springs, FL

6.9 3,178

Pittsfield, MA

6.9 2,721

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

6.8 45,560

Albuquerque, NM

6.8 29,439

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

6.8 18,186

Chico, CA

6.8 6,345

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

6.7 73,068

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

6.7 44,486

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA

6.7 8,586

Prescott, AZ

6.7 7,298

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

6.7 6,100

Monroe, LA

6.7 5,570

Santa Fe, NM

6.7 4,695

Albany, GA

6.7 4,447

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

6.7 3,308

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

6.6 105,187

Waco, TX

6.6 8,499

Barnstable Town, MA

6.6 7,402

Danbury, CT

6.6 6,920

Wenatchee, WA

6.6 4,127

Sebring, FL

6.6 2,444

Kennewick-Richland, WA

6.5 9,644

Redding, CA

6.5 4,782

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

6.4 107,992

Greeley, CO

6.4 10,852

Charleston, WV

6.4 5,823

Muskegon, MI

6.4 4,797

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

6.4 3,335

Beckley, WV

6.4 2,930

Fairbanks, AK

6.4 2,926

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

6.3 27,545

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

6.3 25,889

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

6.3 21,384

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

6.3 10,566

Olympia-Tumwater, WA

6.3 8,982

Coeur d'Alene, ID

6.3 4,965

Wheeling, WV-OH

6.3 3,775

The Villages, FL

6.3 2,064

Tulsa, OK

6.2 30,074

Worcester, MA-CT

6.2 21,646

Lubbock, TX

6.2 10,088

Peoria, IL

6.2 10,071

Greenville, NC

6.2 5,341

Williamsport, PA

6.2 3,273

Cumberland, MD-WV

6.2 2,583

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

6.1 153,424

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

6.1 89,343

Pittsburgh, PA

6.1 71,263

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

6.1 18,201

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

6.1 10,208

Jacksonville, NC

6.1 3,997

Sherman-Denison, TX

6.1 3,988

Goldsboro, NC

6.1 3,044

Elmira, NY

6.1 2,107

Danville, IL

6.1 1,979

Colorado Springs, CO

6.0 21,525

Winston-Salem, NC

6.0 19,432

Ocala, FL

6.0 8,579

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA

6.0 7,804

Abilene, TX

6.0 4,762

Grand Junction, CO

6.0 4,725

Napa, CA

6.0 4,269

Johnstown, PA

6.0 3,346

Kankakee, IL

6.0 3,300

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

5.9 157,139

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

5.9 79,463

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

5.9 77,952

Austin-Round Rock, TX

5.9 74,345

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

5.9 31,373

Reading, PA

5.9 12,954

Macon-Bibb County, GA

5.9 6,092

Burlington, NC

5.9 4,831

Alexandria, LA

5.9 3,697

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

5.9 2,311

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

5.8 196,277

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

5.8 58,214

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

5.8 12,313

Mobile, AL

5.8 10,919

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

5.8 8,919

Fort Smith, AR-OK

5.8 6,734

Springfield, IL

5.8 6,002

Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL

5.8 3,786

New Bern, NC

5.8 2,862

Carson City, NV

5.8 1,499

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

5.7 88,812

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

5.7 19,597

Asheville, NC

5.7 12,773

Port St. Lucie, FL

5.7 12,493

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

5.7 10,739

Salisbury, MD-DE

5.7 10,460

Lawton, OK

5.7 2,921

Grants Pass, OR

5.7 1,983

Walla Walla, WA

5.7 1,800

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

5.6 176,049

Rochester, NY

5.6 28,041

Toledo, OH

5.6 16,640

Syracuse, NY

5.6 16,112

Savannah, GA

5.6 10,731

Tallahassee, FL

5.6 10,567

Flint, MI

5.6 9,981

College Station-Bryan, TX

5.6 7,740

Utica-Rome, NY

5.6 6,948

Columbus, GA-AL

5.6 6,748

Kokomo, IN

5.6 2,039

Enid, OK

5.6 1,482

Oklahoma City, OK

5.5 38,368

Santa Rosa, CA

5.5 13,757

Wilmington, NC

5.5 8,152

Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH

5.5 7,944

Albany, OR

5.5 3,243

Altoona, PA

5.5 3,152

Mansfield, OH

5.5 2,888

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

5.4 44,496

Akron, OH

5.4 18,715

Jackson, MS

5.4 14,702

Reno, NV

5.4 13,737

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

5.4 7,110

Amarillo, TX

5.4 6,906

Clarksville, TN-KY

5.4 6,543

Topeka, KS

5.4 6,530

Medford, OR

5.4 5,650

Binghamton, NY

5.4 5,570

Bend-Redmond, OR

5.4 5,178

Saginaw, MI

5.4 4,505

Punta Gorda, FL

5.4 3,943

Brunswick, GA

5.4 2,600

Raleigh, NC

5.3 37,622

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

5.3 15,077

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

5.3 11,840

Canton-Massillon, OH

5.3 10,108

Lawrence, KS

5.3 3,549

Jackson, TN

5.3 3,530

Lima, OH

5.3 2,486

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

5.3 2,182

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

5.2 43,479

Jacksonville, FL

5.2 40,867

Dayton, OH

5.2 20,338

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

5.2 18,726

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

5.2 15,592

Fort Collins, CO

5.2 10,478

Salem, OR

5.2 10,210

Eugene, OR

5.2 9,729

Montgomery, AL

5.2 8,967

Racine, WI

5.2 5,305

Terre Haute, IN

5.2 3,837

Hattiesburg, MS

5.2 3,783

Battle Creek, MI

5.2 3,193

Dalton, GA

5.2 3,007

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

5.1 107,862

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

5.1 55,276

Boulder, CO

5.1 9,723

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

5.1 6,485

Panama City, FL

5.1 4,449

Lebanon, PA

5.1 3,671

Springfield, OH

5.1 3,228

Carbondale-Marion, IL

5.1 3,063

Richmond, VA

5.0 33,055

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

5.0 32,815

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

5.0 15,127

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

5.0 6,867

Johnson City, TN

5.0 4,725

Kingston, NY

5.0 4,288

Dover, DE

5.0 3,964

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

5.0 3,233

Glens Falls, NY

5.0 2,802

Muncie, IN

5.0 2,627

Sumter, SC

5.0 2,059

Columbus, OH

4.9 53,190

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

4.9 53,159

Albany-Schedy-Troy, NY

4.9 20,982

Boise City, ID

4.9 18,889

York-Hanover, PA

4.9 11,509

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

4.9 8,871

Valdosta, GA

4.9 3,281

Bay City, MI

4.9 2,298

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

4.8 53,795

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

4.8 12,315

Fort Wayne, IN

4.8 10,342

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

4.8 8,701

Janesville-Beloit, WI

4.8 4,041

Owensboro, KY

4.8 2,557

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

4.8 2,134

Hinesville, GA

4.8 1,711

Gainesville, FL

4.7 6,814

Duluth, MN-WI

4.7 6,426

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

4.7 3,603

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

4.7 3,382

Jonesboro, AR

4.7 3,110

Cleveland, TN

4.7 3,003

Morristown, TN

4.7 2,599

Lewiston-Auburn, ME

4.7 2,598

Manhattan, KS

4.7 2,253

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

4.7 2,006

Pocatello, ID

4.7 1,932

Kansas City, MO-KS

4.6 51,448

Bloomington, IL

4.6 4,248

Warner Robins, GA

4.6 3,896

Jackson, MI

4.6 3,373

California-Lexington Park, MD

4.6 2,445

Gadsden, AL

4.6 1,908

Champaign-Urbana, IL

4.5 5,649

Lynchburg, VA

4.5 5,241

Bowling Green, KY

4.5 3,593

Great Falls, MT

4.5 1,686

Lancaster, PA

4.4 12,614

Lexington-Fayette, KY

4.4 12,037

Portland-South Portland, ME

4.4 8,970

Tuscaloosa, AL

4.4 5,231

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

4.4 4,922

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

4.4 4,793

Athens-Clarke County, GA

4.4 4,329

Rome, GA

4.4 1,993

Lewiston, ID-WA

4.4 1,321

St. Louis, MO-IL

4.3 61,532

Knoxville, TN

4.3 19,548

Chattanooga, TN-GA

4.3 12,365

Evansville, IN-KY

4.3 7,191

Spartanburg, SC

4.3 6,887

Roanoke, VA

4.3 6,514

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

4.3 5,391

Florence, SC

4.3 4,119

St. George, UT

4.3 3,404

Twin Falls, ID

4.3 2,410

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

4.2 46,670

Salt Lake City, UT

4.2 28,617

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

4.2 11,826

Monroe, MI

4.2 3,006

Morgantown, WV

4.2 2,950

Cheyenne, WY

4.2 2,059

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

4.1 6,857

Bangor, ME

4.1 2,872

Missoula, MT

4.1 2,661

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

4.0 15,118

Green Bay, WI

4.0 6,996

St. Cloud, MN

4.0 4,509

Eau Claire, WI

4.0 3,715

Billings, MT

4.0 3,469

Ithaca, NY

4.0 1,967

Grand Island, NE

4.0 1,741

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

3.9 77,165

Columbia, SC

3.9 15,362

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

3.9 9,407

Gettysburg, PA

3.9 2,121

Columbus, IN

3.9 1,728

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

3.8 21,195

Cedar Rapids, IA

3.8 5,179

Charlottesville, VA

3.8 4,615

Bloomington, IN

3.8 3,025

Portsmouth, NH-ME

3.8 2,719

Dothan, AL

3.8 2,448

Corvallis, OR

3.8 1,814

Midland, MI

3.8 1,505

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

3.7 21,499

Dover-Durham, NH-ME

3.7 2,924

State College, PA

3.7 2,801

Rapid City, SD

3.7 2,669

Sheboygan, WI

3.7 2,299

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

3.6 15,541

Madison, WI

3.6 13,993

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

3.6 12,356

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

3.6 3,442

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

3.6 3,375

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

3.6 3,151

Idaho Falls, ID

3.6 2,717

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

3.6 2,339

Staunton-Waynesboro, VA

3.6 2,192

Fond du Lac, WI

3.6 2,136

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

3.6 1,591

Appleton, WI

3.5 4,582

Manchester, NH

3.5 4,208

Gainesville, GA

3.5 3,583

Joplin, MO

3.5 2,951

Winchester, VA-WV

3.5 2,423

Ann Arbor, MI

3.4 6,764

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

3.4 2,613

Auburn-Opelika, AL

3.4 2,587

Wausau, WI

3.4 2,514

Bismarck, ND

3.4 2,325

Harrisonburg, VA

3.4 2,181

Grand Forks, ND-MN

3.4 1,868

Provo-Orem, UT

3.3 10,647

Rochester, MN

3.3 4,021

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

3.3 2,974

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

3.3 2,803

Dubuque, IA

3.3 1,750

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

3.2 10,879

Springfield, MO

3.2 7,335

St. Joseph, MO-KS

3.2 2,012

Huntsville, AL

3.1 7,150

Decatur, AL

3.1 2,233

Fargo, ND-MN

3.0 4,263

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

3.0 1,896

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

2.9 14,342

Sioux Falls, SD

2.9 4,553

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

2.9 2,681

Iowa City, IA

2.8 2,583

Jefferson City, MO

2.8 1,993

Lincoln, NE

2.7 5,189

Columbia, MO

2.7 2,631

Logan, UT-ID

2.6 1,952

Burlington-South Burlington, VT

2.5 3,004

Ames, IA

2.0 1,182

In November 2020, the New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, metropolitan area had the largest number of unemployed people at 916,650 people. This was followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California, which had 629,073 unemployed people. A total of 19 metropolitan areas each had over 100,000 unemployed people.

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — November 2020." Also see Charts related to the latest "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment" news release.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 12 metro areas had unemployment rates of 10 percent or higher in November 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/12-metro-areas-had-unemployment-rates-of-10-percent-or-higher-in-november-2020.htm (visited December 02, 2021).

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