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50 metro areas with the highest unemployment rates

  • 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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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

  • #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