Unemployment in the United States has declined nearly continuously for seven years straight. With an unemployment rate of 4.4% as of this July, the last time such a small share of the nation’s labor force was unemployed was roughly a decade ago.
A rising tide does not raise all boats, however, and there remain large parts of the country with economies mired in unemployment and vanishing job opportunities. There are four metropolitan areas in California alone where the July unemployment rate exceeds 10%. This includes El Centro, where a staggering 24% of the labor force is out of work.
To determine the worst places to find a job, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the U.S. metropolitan areas that either had severe employment declines over the past year, extremely high unemployment, or both. These metropolitan areas are not just to be found in California, but are in a number of states throughout the West, Midwest, South, and Northeast.