Saturday, June 6, 2009

Unemployment Rates by Metropolitan Area

The Wall Street Journal had an article in Wednesday's edition of unemployment rates by metropolitan area. (See here.) Cities in California dominate the high unemployment rates--El Centro tops the list at 26.9%. Iowa City has the lowest on the list at 3.2%. Other low cities include Ames, Iowa, Lincoln, Nebraska, Manhattan, Kansas, and Sioux Falls, SD.
I note that my area of Holland, Michigan is at 11.5% while Baton Rouge, Louisiana is at 5.2%. In 1992, when I moved from Baton Rouge to Holland, the unemployment rate in Holland was well below the national average while Baton Rouge was above the national average. Things have certainly changed.

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