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Unemployment Rates Higher in Most US Metropolitan Areas

Unemployment Rates Higher in Most US Metropolitan Areas Unemployment rates were higher in August than…

  • October 19, 2020

Unemployment Rates Higher in Most US Metropolitan Areas

Unemployment rates were higher in August than a year earlier in 387 of the 389 metropolitan areas and lower in two areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

A total of 37 areas had jobless rates of less than 5.0 percent and 6 areas had rates of at least 15.0 percent.

Nonfarm payroll employment decreased over the year in 254 metropolitan areas and was essentially unchanged in 135 areas.

The national unemployment rate in August was 8.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, up from 3.8 percent a year earlier.

El Centro, CA, had the highest unemployment rate in August, 22.9 percent, followed by Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI, 20.7 percent. Idaho Falls, ID, and Logan, UT-ID, had the lowest unemployment rates, 2.7 percent each.

A total of 267 areas had August jobless rates below the U.S. rate of 8.5 percent, 111 areas had rates above it, and 11 areas had rates equal to that of the nation.

The largest over-the-year unemployment rate increase in August occurred in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI (+18.2 percentage points). Rates rose over the year by at least 10.0 percentage points in an additional three areas.

The only jobless rate decreases from a year earlier occurred in Yuma, AZ (-5.0 percentage points), and Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ (-0.8 point).