# 50 metro areas with the highest unemployment rates

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50 metro areas with the highest unemployment rates

Amongst the greatest ongoing tragedies the United States faces is the fact that many Americans are unable to secure employment despite actively seeking a job. The trend does not necessarily look as though it’s going to change any time soon, as the civilian labor force continues to grow every year and technology continues to advance to the point that many jobs that were once performed by humans are now obsolete. Technological advancement such as artificial intelligence has made it so that many jobs are no longer necessary or practical in the year 2018.

Referencing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker compiled a list of the 50 metropolitan areas with the highest unemployment rates in the nation. The unemployment rates are taken from the ratio of unemployed residents to the entire estimated size of the metro area’s labor force. Read on to gain insight into which cities might want to be avoided when job searching.

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#50. Salisbury, MD-DE

Unemployment rate: 5.4%

Civilian labor force estimate: 191,908

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 10,281

Median annual income: $31,060

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#49. Flagstaff, AZ

Unemployment rate: 5.4%

Civilian labor force estimate: 76,993

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,158

Median annual income: $32,470

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#48. Wheeling, WV-OH

Unemployment rate: 5.5%

Civilian labor force estimate: 65,374

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,596

Median annual income: $30,640

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#47. Saginaw, MI

Unemployment rate: 5.5%

Civilian labor force estimate: 87,788

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,794

Median annual income: $32,940

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#46. Bay City, MI

Unemployment rate: 5.5%

Civilian labor force estimate: 51,162

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,827

Median annual income: $31,470

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#45. Danville, IL

Unemployment rate: 5.5%

Civilian labor force estimate: 34,150

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,887

Median annual income: $35,100

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#44. The Villages, FL

Unemployment rate: 5.5%

Civilian labor force estimate: 30,738

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,678

Median annual income: $30,480

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#43. Homosassa Springs, FL

Unemployment rate: 5.5%

Civilian labor force estimate: 48,182

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,629

Median annual income: $29,850

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#42. Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

Unemployment rate: 5.6%

Civilian labor force estimate: 38,594

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,163

Median annual income: $29,750

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#41. Corpus Christi, TX

Unemployment rate: 5.6%

Civilian labor force estimate: 208,896

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 11,631

Median annual income: $33,180

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#40. Elmira, NY

Unemployment rate: 5.6%

Civilian labor force estimate: 34,992

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,971

Median annual income: $36,580

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#39. Sebring, FL

Unemployment rate: 5.6%

Civilian labor force estimate: 35,291

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 1,974

Median annual income: $27,240

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#38. Waterbury, CT

Unemployment rate: 5.6%

Civilian labor force estimate: 110,674

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 6,245

Median annual income: $38,760

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#37. East Stroudsburg, PA

Unemployment rate: 5.7%

Civilian labor force estimate: 81,035

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,599

Median annual income: $31,240

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#36. Fayetteville, NC

Unemployment rate: 5.7%

Civilian labor force estimate: 148,144

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 8,386

Median annual income: $32,230

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#35. Binghamton, NY

Unemployment rate: 5.7%

Civilian labor force estimate: 107,057

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 6,138

Median annual income: $34,770

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#34. Farmington, NM

Unemployment rate: 5.7%

Civilian labor force estimate: 53,218

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,010

Median annual income: $33,580

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#33. Flint, MI

Unemployment rate: 5.7%

Civilian labor force estimate: 182,787

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 10,361

Median annual income: $34,220

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#32. Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

Unemployment rate: 5.7%

Civilian labor force estimate: 49,324

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,803

Median annual income: $36,520

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#31. Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

Unemployment rate: 5.7%

Civilian labor force estimate: 84,181

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,786

Median annual income: $29,950

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#30. Kennewick-Richland, WA

Unemployment rate: 5.8%

Civilian labor force estimate: 139,698

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 8,083

Median annual income: $39,660

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#29. Beckley, WV

Unemployment rate: 5.9%

Civilian labor force estimate: 45,480

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,689

Median annual income: $29,150

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#28. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

Unemployment rate: 5.9%

Civilian labor force estimate: 260,245

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 15,356

Median annual income: $37,500

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#27. Cumberland, MD-WV

Unemployment rate: 5.9%

Civilian labor force estimate: 44,687

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,622

Median annual income: $33,370

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#26. Stockton-Lodi, CA

Unemployment rate: 5.9%

Civilian labor force estimate: 327,019

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 19,234

Median annual income: $35,880

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#25. Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

Unemployment rate: 6.0%

Civilian labor force estimate: 50,497

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,050

Median annual income: $29,780

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#24. Las Cruces, NM

Unemployment rate: 6.2%

Civilian labor force estimate: 93,607

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 5,819

Median annual income: $29,820

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#23. Modesto, CA

Unemployment rate: 6.2%

Civilian labor force estimate: 243,060

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 15,031

Median annual income: $35,560

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#22. Fairbanks, AK

Unemployment rate: 6.3%

Civilian labor force estimate: 46,568

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,923

Median annual income: $48,150

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#21. Longview, WA

Unemployment rate: 6.4%

Civilian labor force estimate: 45,995

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 2,922

Median annual income: $38,890

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#20. Rocky Mount, NC

Unemployment rate: 6.4%

Civilian labor force estimate: 64,934

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,160

Median annual income: $30,420

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#19. Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

Unemployment rate: 6.4%

Civilian labor force estimate: 121,360

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 7,801

Median annual income: $35,070

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#18. Salinas, CA

Unemployment rate: 6.4%

Civilian labor force estimate: 221,369

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 14,247

Median annual income: $34,900

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#17. Yakima, WA

Unemployment rate: 6.5%

Civilian labor force estimate: 129,495

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 8,448

Median annual income: $34,850

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#16. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

Unemployment rate: 6.5%

Civilian labor force estimate: 167,323

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 10,927

Median annual income: $24,100

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#15. Anchorage, AK

Unemployment rate: 6.6%

Civilian labor force estimate: 202,097

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 13,430

Median annual income: $47,340

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#14. Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

Unemployment rate: 6.7%

Civilian labor force estimate: 45,437

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 3,035

Median annual income: $34,920

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#13. Yuba City, CA

Unemployment rate: 6.8%

Civilian labor force estimate: 74,339

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 5,079

Median annual income: $36,700

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#12. Madera, CA

Unemployment rate: 6.8%

Civilian labor force estimate: 61,368

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,181

Median annual income: $31,710

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#11. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

Unemployment rate: 6.9%

Civilian labor force estimate: 347,533

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 24,012

Median annual income: $25,600

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#10. Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

Unemployment rate: 6.9%

Civilian labor force estimate: 176,043

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 12,059

Median annual income: $37,560

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#9. Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ

Unemployment rate: 7.0%

Civilian labor force estimate: 66,001

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,603

Median annual income: $37,570

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#8. Hanford-Corcoran, CA

Unemployment rate: 7.4%

Civilian labor force estimate: 58,007

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,318

Median annual income: $35,560

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#7. Fresno, CA

Unemployment rate: 7.4%

Civilian labor force estimate: 451,397

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 33,287

Median annual income: $32,860

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#6. Bakersfield, CA

Unemployment rate: 8.0%

Civilian labor force estimate: 384,073

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 30,790

Median annual income: $33,940

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#5. Merced, CA

Unemployment rate: 8.1%

Civilian labor force estimate: 115,965

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 9,358

Median annual income: $34,620

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#4. Ocean City, NJ

Unemployment rate: 9.1%

Civilian labor force estimate: 47,926

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 4,364

Median annual income: $33,100

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#3. Visalia-Porterville, CA

Unemployment rate: 9.4%

Civilian labor force estimate: 205,844

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 19,336

Median annual income: $31,160

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#2. El Centro, CA

Unemployment rate: 17.3%

Civilian labor force estimate: 71,949

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 12,442

Median annual income: $30,710

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#1. Yuma, AZ

Unemployment rate: 17.4%

Civilian labor force estimate: 94,948

Number of labor force unemployed estimate: 16,503

Median annual income: $28,690