From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Unemployment rates were higher in June than a year earlier in all 372 metropolitan areas, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Eighteen areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, while 9 areas registered rates below 5.0 percent. The national unemployment rate in June was 9.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted, up from 5.7 percent a year earlier. Among the 369 metropolitan areas for which nonfarm payroll data were available, 352 areas reported over-the-year declines in employment, 16 reported increases, and 1 had no change.
In June, 144 metropolitan areas reported jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, up from 6 areas a year earlier, while 62 areas posted rates below 7.0 percent, down from 312 areas in June 2008. El Centro, Calif., recorded the highest unemployment rate, 27.5 percent, followed by Yuma, Ariz., 23.1 percent. Among the 18 areas with jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, 8 were located in California and 5 were in Michigan. Bismarck, N.D., registered the lowest jobless rate in June, 3.8 percent, followed by Manhattan, Kan., and Rapid City, S.D., 4.6 percent each. Overall, 152 areas posted unemployment rates above the U.S. figure of 9.7 percent, 216 areas reported rates below it, and 4 areas had the same rate.
For the sixth consecutive month, all 372 metropolitan areas had over-the-year unemployment rate increases. Two areas in Indiana that experienced layoffs in transportation equipment manufacturing recorded the largest jobless rate increases from June 2008: Kokomo (+11.8 percentage points) and Elkhart-Goshen (+10.0 points). The Michigan areas of Monroe (+8.6 percentage points), Muskegon-Norton Shores (+8.2 points), and Detroit-Warren-Livonia (+8.1 points) had the next largest over-the-year rate increases. Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C., also had a rate increase of 8.1 percentage points, and Bend, Ore., and Janesville, Wis., had increases of 8.0 points each. An additional 22 areas registered unemployment rate increases of 6.0 percentage points or more, and another 56 areas had rate increases of 5.0 to 5.9 points.