In June, unemployment rates rose in almost all large U.S. cities according to CBS Moneywatch’s July 30 issue. These numbers are not seasonally adjusted to take into account the large number of college students looking for summer work. In all, unemployment rate climbed in 347 large metro areas, while they dropped in 12 and remained unchanged in 13.
Nationally, the unemployment rate for June was down to 7.6%. Employers added 195,000 jobs with a growing ratio of part time jobs versus full time jobs.
“The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) increased by 322,000 to 8.2 million in June. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.” – Bureau of Labor Statistics
Local area unemployment statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a list of the 372 cities and their unemployment statistics for June. Bismarck, ND was reported to have the lowest unemployment rate at only 2.8%, while Yuma, AZ had the distinction of having the highest rate at 31.8%. The top 13 cities with the highest unemployment have a rate of 12% or higher.
13 cities with highest unemployment rate
- Yuma, AZ – 31.8%
- El Centro, CA – 23.6%
- Yuba City, CA – 14.2%
- Merced, CA – 14.1%
- Rocky Mount, NC – 13.3%
- Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ – 13.1%
- Visalia-Porterville, CA – 12.8%
- Hanford-Corcoran, CA – 12.8%
- Modesto, CA – 12.7%
- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ – 12.6%
- Decatur, IL – 12.5%
- Fresno, CA – 12.3%
- Stockton, CA – 12.0%
Cities with population of a million or more
Of cities with a population of 1 million or more, Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan took the number one spot for the highest unemployment rate in June at 10.3%. At the other end of the spectrum, Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota had the lowest jobless rate at 5.1%.