Don't Move Here: 5 Cities With The Highest Unemployment

Yuma Arizona unemployment

By Vivian Giang

At the end of 2012, the U.S. national unemployment rate was 7.8 percent and the country added 155,000 jobs in December, but these numbers still reflect a troubling economy with a long way to go.

"This shows the depth of the recent employment recession -- worse than any other post-war recession -- and the relatively slow recovery due to the lingering effects of the housing bust and financial crisis," writes Bill McBride of Calculated Risk.

According to a brand new BLS employment report, unemployment rates were lower in 322 out of 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 36 areas and unchanged in 14 areas compared to the same time last year. Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., recorded the highest unemployment rates at 27.5 and 26.6 percent -- both cities have a large immigrant and migrant farm worker population.

More: Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Holds Steady At 7.8%

The largest unemployment rate drop (-3.2 percent) took place in Pascagoula, Miss., and Bismarck, N.D., registered the lowest unemployment rate at 2.6 percent. In the new year, President Obama is planning on creating 1.1 million jobs from the American Job Acts, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

The BLS data isn't adjusted for seasonal factors, such as hiring during the holidays. The list below compares the unemployment numbers in these hard-hit cities to regional statistics:

1. Yuma, Ariz.

  • Percent Unemployed: 27.5%
  • No. Unemployed: 24,800

  • Percent Unemployed: 7.5%
  • No. Unemployed: 227,600

2. El Centro, Calif.

El Centro
  • Percent Unemployed: 26.6%
  • No. Unemployed: 20,600

  • Percent Unemployed: 9.6%
  • No. Unemployed: 1.77 million

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3. Yauco, P.R.

  • Percent Unemployed: 16.3%
  • No. Unemployed: 5,800

Puerto Rico
  • Percent Unemployed: 13.2%
  • No. Unemployed: 167,300

4. Yuba City, Calif.

Yuba City
  • Percent Unemployed: 15.8%
  • No. Unemployed: 10,900

  • Percent Unemployed: 9.6%
  • No. Unemployed: 1.77 million

5. Merced, Calif.

  • Percent Unemployed: 15.7%
  • No. Unemployed: 17,200

  • Percent Unemployed: 9.6%
  • No. Unemployed: 1.77 million

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The Wise One

It looks like nothing but bad news and a downward spiral of trouble for the Democrat Socialist Workers' Paradise of California. Who'd a thunk it?!!!!

January 15 2013 at 11:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I am so tempted to harass the paid conservative bloggers on this forum but this time they are actually helping me . By dissing California I'm hoping the trolls will get the republicans living here to move to Texas - I mean in the " horrible " state of California there are over 37 million people living here and where I live ( by the coast) the homes are a million bucks and up ......please leave California .... please move to Texas

January 15 2013 at 10:14 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

In terms of unemployment three of the top four cities in the continental US are in the Peoples Republic of California. Does anyone think that is a coincidence?

January 15 2013 at 9:37 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

California sounds like a great place to live in. No wonder it always votes for Democrats. Bunch of whack jobs.

January 15 2013 at 8:37 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to economyparty's comment

The only "whack" jobs are the ones the republicans in Texas give to themselves when they look at a picture of Regan in his underwaer .

January 15 2013 at 10:17 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

according to the Obama administration the recession ended in summer 2009 and jobs are being created everyday ! Were on the right path they say , its just that the path Obama wants is to destroy america

January 15 2013 at 5:52 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

Hmmm, cities with high rates of illegal immigrants living in the area also have high unemployment? Wow i guess those under the table jobs don't help the U.S. economy or create jobs for natural born Americans.

January 14 2013 at 10:09 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply

Like Mitt said....It's impossible to compete with "free stuff"

January 14 2013 at 7:34 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

Granted obummer isn't the answer but I cannot think of ANYONE who could overcome 8 years of BUSHY-BOY this soon. People "in the know" said it would take a MINIMUM of 10 years to undo the damage of the Crawford Kid!

January 14 2013 at 7:24 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
4 replies to redwingirish's comment

Anybody really surprised that 4 of the 5 cities with the highest unemployment are in California ?? Is anybody else further surprised that California is a die hard blue state or that they have more electoral votes for the electoral college than any other state ?? Now Obama's reelection becomes just a bit clearer for the intelligent !!

January 14 2013 at 5:36 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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Niels Marienlund

You seem to be forgetting that these cities in California on this list are very red. If you take out California's coastal counties, it's a very red state.

Also, there are three cities on this list from California, not four.

Since you didn't vote for Obama, evidently, his re-election DID become clearer for the intelligent. The intelligent voted him back in!

January 15 2013 at 12:30 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Niels Marienlund's comment

The intelligent gov. tit suckers voted him in.

January 15 2013 at 8:44 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down


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