07 Dec 2015 Lowest Unemployment Rates Among Large Counties Found in Madison-WI, San Francisco-CA, Denver-CO; Highest Unemployment in Bakersfield-CA, Fresno-CA, Modesto-CA
With the U.S. unemployment rate falling to 4.9% in September, rates in large counties (500,000+ people) range from 2.7% to 8.4%.
Unemployment is lowest in Dane County (2.7%) in Madison, WI; San Mateo County (3.0%) in San Francisco; and Jefferson County (3.0%) in Denver. Low unemployment counties are also found in Omaha, Provo, and Kansas City metros.
The highest unemployment is found in Kern County (8.4%) in Bakersfield-CA, Fresno County (8.1%) in Fresno-CA, and Stanislaus County (7.6%) in Modesto-CA.
The U.S. unemployment rate today is nearly identical to the rate in 2005 (just 0.1 percentage points higher). Seventy large counties saw unemployment increase and 65 registered a decrease.
Unemployment decreased the most in Kent County (-2.4 pts.) in Grand Rapids-MI; Denver County (-1.9 pts.) in Denver-CO; and Franklin County (-1.8 pts.) in Columbus-OH.
The largest increase in unemployment was in Miami-Dade County (2.9 pts.) in Miami-FL; Clark County (2.6 pts.) in Las Vegas-NV; and Brevard County (2.1 pts.) in Palm Bay-FL. Seven of the 10 least improved large counties are located in Florida, due to very low unemployment rates in 2005.
Research, analysis and content developed by Headlight Data. Original data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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